Combined Armed Forces Federation UK

A Letter from the House of Commons Library in response to a Gosports constituants query regarding MP's Pensions

The Federation has completed its Researched Report into the failure by this Government to recognise and pay the Occupational Pensions and Gratuities for the accrued years of service due to members of the Armed Forces serving prior to 1975. This is the only such Report in existence.

The Federation has established the total cost to the Government to satisfy the above, and has circulated its full Report to all Members of Parliament. It is most important therefore, that all ex members of the Armed Forces serving prior to 1975, including any present day widows of service personnel, are registered with the Federation to ensure inclusion in any settlement. Additionally, representations have been placed before the Prime Minister, and his Government, calling on him to address this injustice immediately.

Meanwhile our case is before London solicitors, experienced in the field of challenging HM Government over injustices relating to the Armed Forces. They are currently seeking further guidance from our Secretary General (December 2015) If you wish to register your accrued years of service towards an Occupational Pension, and Gratuity to be taken into account, please forward your details via the "Membership" section of this website. The Combined Armed Forces Federation UK (CAFF UK) is now the only organisation seeking reparations on behalf of pre-1975 leavers - your support and the support given by current members, on your behalf, is greatly appreciated

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2003/5/78BT
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Dear Mr Viggers,

Parliamentary pension scheme

One of your constituents has written to ask the current value of the Parliamentary pensions payable to an MP who served continuously from 1954 to 1966 and to one who served continuously from 1954 to 1976. He also asked whether such pensions were preserved until age 60 or 65 or are paid as soon as the beneficiary ceased to be an MP.Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer, but I have done my best to provide an indication of the answer from the records to which I have access.To take the last part of the question first: someone ceasing to be an MP in 1966 with 12 years' service would not have been eligible to receive his pension until age 651. Someone ceasing to be an MP in 1976 with 22 years' service would not have been eligible for his full pension until age 65, but could have taken an actuarially reduced pension at 602. A change was introduced by the Parliamentary Pensions Act 1978 which entitled Members who had reached the age of 62, had served for 25 years and did not intend to stand for Parliament again, to retire at dissolution on full accrued pension. However, this only applied to those retiring after the passing of the 1978 Act3.Turning to the first part of the question, an occupational pension scheme for MPs was first introduced with effect from 16 October 1964 under the Ministerial Salaries and Members' Pensions Act 1965. All service after that date was reckonable and service immediately prior to that date up to a maximum of 10 years was also reckonable, free of cost to the Member4. So the first MP would have had 12 years' reckonable service and the second 22 years.

The 1965 scheme was unusual in that both benefits and contributions were fixed in money terms. The initial amount of pension was at the rate of £60 for each of the first 15 years of


1  Review Body on Top Salaries, First Report: Ministers of the Crown and Members of Parliament, Cmnd 4836, December 1971, Appendix G, "Present Pension Scheme and Members' Fund", para 3
2   House of Commons, Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund, 1973 edition, chapter 11
3   It received Royal Assent on 2 August 1978
4   Review Body on Top Salaries, First Report: Ministers of the Crown and Members of Parliament, Cmnd 4836, December 1971, Appendix G, "Present Pension Scheme and Members' Fund", para 3

22 May 2003

 

 

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