Equality in veterans pensions
Forum thread for campaign Equality in veterans pensions
“ <br>Veterans who left service before April 1975 get no pension ”
WOW that really makes up for the complete disregard shown to our pension rights.
"Those who have served deserve recognition for their sacrifice throughout their lives and we will continue to make sure that they get it"
How does this settle with those ex servicemen who get no pension for their service to the crown? Is any thing being done for these ex servicemen?
From an ex serviceman with 14 years served 1953 - 1966
Nearly 80 now, Persian Gulf and Malaysia in the early sixties May and her shower of sticky stuff are waiting until we all kick the bucket.
Problem solved !!!
I joined as a Junior Leader in August 1960 and served until June 1971 (plus a couple of years reserve - total 12 yrs 266 days according to my book.) I'm 74 next month and admittedly could have been smarter about pensions (couldn't we all), but to be ignored and rejected by successive governments (both political parties) adds insult to injury.
The 'V' in the driving licence will feel much more like a two finger salute.
Was the PM speaking about those of us who served selflessly in all parts of the world from the emergence of the British Empire? Or was she referring to a privileged class of servicemen and women who served from 1975? As an "old soldier," do I not deserve some recognition for my service? I had no problem moving my family to Hanover, Germany, from 1963 to 1965. I willingly went to Malaysia and Singapore to give another three and a half years of service to the Crown. Then it was on to Belfast for yet another year of my service/life. I never once complained - that was what I signed up for. Now, is it asking too much for the Government to recognize our past service and sacrifices and reward our service with, in most cases a pittance? In many cases, many of the beneficiaries are long gone; many others (like me) are on the way out (I am 77). The Government should do the right thing and give us this small token for our selfless service.
I also received an award for technical services having developed a piece of testbequipment.
I was not elligable for a pension
I have written before on this subject, but that takes no strength away from my 'case'. I served from June 66 to Nov 71, and then was medically discharged. (A nervous breakdown, caused by a family complete breakdown). The RAF sent me to a Disabled Resettlement Officer. He got me a job as a Debt Collector. Does that sound weird to everyone? It was the only job going. Like the time I was the only airman available to send . . .I am now 71 years old, and from my Careers with the Ambulance Service & my work with Rank Xerox, I Receive 2 pensions, but from the RAF - NOTHING.. And they were the only employer that tried to get me killed.. But failed. So, they Should pay for their Failure in that if nothing else. But Seriously, Finding out what 5 year post 1075 veterans get has left such a foul taste in my mouth that I don't feel like Selling poppies this year... That is how badly I feel about it...
I knew quite a few skilled technician in the mob who when they were coming to the end of their service time were being offered quite lucrative terms to emigrate and sign up with the Aussie Air Force. Although you do not give details of when you went out there but as Conscription in the U.K. did not cease until 1960 you would have had no option but to have been in the force. You don't give any details of where you did your training, stationed etc. but anyway there are lads on here who did much longer terms in quite dangerous situations and they don't get a pension either.Although i do agree with you as regards this sadly it;s a fact of life.
Regards John Daly.
I served for 12 years,unfortunately I could not reply sooner than this but I did write to our local MP Norman lamb unfortunately I did not receive a reply.Clearly this issue still remains unresolved ?does anyone have any ideas on a way foreword ?
I think we have no chance of ever getting any sort of pension
Although pay pre-1970 was very poor, one would have thought that a some form of SERPS calculation could have been added to the State Pension Entitlement taking into account long and unsociable hours in a dangerous occupation.
Extract of Armed Forces Pay Model 2016: Annex C: The Job Evaluation Process Explained
"Many large organisations make use of Job Evaluation (JE) to inform their pay strategies, and the MoD has used JE since 1970 to deliver a ‘consistent and systematic means of defining relativities between jobs’.
JE is a very detailed process which examines trades against a set of common questions, or Factors, to enable a relative assessment of ‘job weight’ of different trades. Job weight is expressed in a numerical score, known as a Whole Trade Score (WTS) which is used to inform pay differentiation of one group compared to another. "
Why should we be singled out as different to those employed as a civilian ..?
Regards to all
I served in the RAF from 1959 to 1970
Correct me if I am wrong. My son served for over 12 years and he is pretty sure he picks up a small pension at some time in the future.