The Transport Benevolent Fund (TBF) was founded in 1923 by the predecessors of Transport for London (TfL) to relieve cases of necessity among its members and to meet their needs for convalescence or surgical equipment. The needs of staff today take a very different form, but there is still need, hardship and distress among those who work in the public transport industry (or are retired from it) and TBF is still there to help when things are not going so well.
TBF members all work in the public transport industry, but membership is no longer restricted to those employed by what is now TfL. There are now TBF members in all parts of England, Scotland and Wales, with organisers encouraging those not yet in membership to join.
Members contribute £1 a week to TBF (this has not increased since 1994). All benefits are available not only to the member but also to their partner and dependent children. Where staff have contributed for long enough, they gain free membership in retirement.
There is a wide range of benefits offered by TBF, which include:
Some of the main fund is specially earmarked and you will find more details on the Memorials and Bequests page.
Recognising the work undertaken by TBF, its Patrons include senior executives of most of the major transport groups and the General Secretaries of all the transport trades unions. Here is the full list of our Patrons:
- Sir Brian Souter - Chairman, Stagecoach Group
- Sir Peter Hendy CBE - Chair, Network Rail
- Mike Brown MVO - Commissioner of Transport for London
- Simon Posner - Chief Executive, CPT UK
- Nigel Stevens - UK Divisional Director, Transdev plc
- Dean Finch - Group Chief Executive, National Express
- Tim O'Toole CBE JD - Chief Executive, First
- David Brown - Group Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group
- Mick Whelan - General Secretary, ASLEF
- Manuel Cortes - General Secretary, TSSA
- Michael Roberts - Chief Executive, ATOC and Director General, Rail Delivery Group
- Len McCluskey - General Secretary, Unite the Union
- Jaspal Singh - CEO, UK & Ireland, ComfortDelGro
- Mick Cash - General Secretary, RMT
TBF also manages the TfL Staff Welfare Fund, which helps active and retired staff of TfL and its subsidiaries if they suffer hardship.
"Your cheque today was a breath of fresh air. Once it is cleared in the bank we can actually go out and do some shopping".
TBF member from Essex