Yet another pensions scandal

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Government has unjustly deprived many thousands of proud UK Service Veterans of pensions. For those who left the service before April 1975, who made indirect contributions towards pension and received nothing in return.

Unlike other public servants there is today a body of ageing veterans of the regular UK Armed Forces who continue to be denied pensions towards which they made contributions.

Affected veterans of the UK Armed Forces when serving did not work normal office hours, indeed invariably worked very unsocial hours; were often separated from their families; had no right to withdraw their labour or take any form of industrial action; and were prepared to lay down their lives in defence of UK national interests. These forgotten veterans pleas to Government for a meaningful discussion of these matters have continued to be ignored for well over 30 years.

Service leavers pre-April 1975 receive no pension benefit whereas those leaving April 1975 onwards qualify for a ‘preserved’ pension pro-rata their service on reaching the age of 60. There is a great body of evidence which shows that both pre and also many post April 1975 service leavers were not kept informed of pension scheme changes or of their likely entitlement. This is a clear breach of the duty of care MoD owed to its employees in the Armed Services.

Indirect contributions towards the future payment of pensions have always been taken as part of the annual pay award budgeting process for members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the sum of such contribution which would otherwise have been paid in the salaries of servicemen and women.

This means that the pre-April 1975 leavers did make indirect contributions towards pension but have been denied any benefit.

Despite the fact that the Equality for Veterans Association delivered to 10 Downing Street a petition exceeding 300,000 signatures in March 2011, Government continues to resist requests for a meeting to discuss this issue, and it is believed that Government is simply waiting until there are no survivors remaining.

To give your support please sign our petition when you Join us at the Lib Dem Autumn Conference on Tuesday September 25, 2012 at 1300 hours when we hold a two minutes’ silence and lay a wreath at the War Memorial, Old Steine, Brighton .

For further information please see our website www.efva.co.uk or contact the Regional Organiser for Sussex, Jim Monaghan, via email to

jamesanthony1943@hotmail.co.uk

JIM MONAGHAN

White Horse Court, Storrington