Equality in veterans pensions
Forum thread for campaign Equality in veterans pensions
“ <br>Veterans who left service before April 1975 get no pension ”
It did not address a single question that I had posed, nor did it explain why issues, relating to various military circumstances, had been addressed 'retrospectively', but military pensions had not been similarly treated.
To clarify my point;
The rules with regard to personnel being discharged, dishonourably, from the Armed Forces for reasons of pregnancy and ‘differing gender preference’, have been changed retrospectively, and sums of money have been paid to folk in such circumstances, but it seems that as far as pensions go, the word ‘retrospective’ is not in the Government, or the MoDs, vocabulary.
In similar vein, another issue that niggles somewhat, is Graduated Pensions. As service personnel we contributed to this element of our State Pension, and receive a small element of that contribution in our State Pension today. A friend of mine, who is the same age as I am, receives nearly £10 pounds a week more than I, due to the fact that, as a civilian, he earned more than I did during the years in which we contributed to Graduated Pensions. Our pay, until the onset of the Military Salary,
(by which time Graduated Pension contribution had been terminated) was quite minimal due to the “All-Found” circumstance in which we operated.
That is to say, our pay was less than a civilian’s pay, in similar employment, because food, clothing and lodging was factored in, but no element of this was factored into our Graduated Pension contribution. In effect this means that I am penalised in my state pension for having been an airframe fitter in the RAF, rather than having been employed as a civilian in a similar role at, say, Manchester airport. Just another issue that few people seem to have considered, but which really annoys me; as do all the people who say to me; “14 years in the RAF? I’ll bet you have a great pension”!
As our American cousins would say, "It sucks".
I doubt there was any chance of a reasonable explanation as to why pensions were not paid.