Our former treasurer Chris Watkin wrote a letter to the Daily Telegraph highlighting the "way in which MPs are rewarding themselves with such generous pensions". click here to read his letter. To gain an insight in to MP's pensions and how they have benefited while others who served this country have not reaped the same rewards then click here to read a letter from the House of Commons Library in response to a Gosport constituant's query regarding MP's pensions.
13th May 2005
16th February 2005
DISABILITY PENSIONS: Any colleagues who are receiving Disability Living Allowance (or their wives) should be aware of the probabililty that their spouse may easily qualify for the Carer's Allowance (£44.35 per week) if the claimant of the DLA is receiving at least the Middle Band (£39.35 per wek). Check out the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) advice booklets DS 700 and Claim Form DS 700(1). You can also receive sound advice through the Helpline 0800 88 22 00.
Colleagues have also received good advice from the Veteran's Association (for those with Service Disability Claims). Please contact the Hon Treasurer (as above) should you require further information about accessing such help.
13th January 2005
PENSION CHALLENGE The Combined Armed Forces Federation UK is in the process of challenging the Government over the fact that many members of the Armed Forces who left before qualifying for a full pension prior to 1975 are nevertherless entitled to a pro-rata pension based on the number of years served and the fact that salary levels were reduced below their civilian equivalent in order to provide them.
Useful Links for Armed Forces Pensions Information
AFPS Booklet. Family Pensions Benefits( PDF file (342kb) - This MOD AFPS booklet entiled 'FAMILY PENSION BENEFITS'. contains a great deal of useful information such as contact details for Pensions and Pay Organisations.