Many members of the general public may not be aware that ex military veterans who left the Army, Navy or Air Force before April 1975, and had not completed 22 years service (16 for Officers) are not entitled to a single penny of pension even though they may have served for 10 , 15 or even 20 years.
BUT, a veteran who has completed just 2 YEARS service and left after Apil 1975 is entitled to a full pro- rata pension for the service they completed.
Groups of ex service veterans have been fighting for this injustice to be changed for years , but to no avail.Both Labour and Conservative Governments just keep harping on that the cost would be too great.
The cost of giving 1 in 3 of all top civil servants a pension pot of over £1,000,000 is not too great for these governments, or providing for MPs to ensure they have a “Comfortable” retirement.
This coalition government is shouting about creating a “fairer and more just society”, well here is an ideal opportunity to show they mean what they say — GIVE ALL VETERANS EQUAL PENSION RIGHTS.
Many of those who would be affected by this change are some of the poorest people in the country, so the cost would not be as enormous as the civil servants advising the government content (they are the ones with the million pound pension pots !!–did i mention that ??).
Bye giving these Veterans the pensions they should be entitiled too, they would lose out on pension credits, so the overall cost would be markedly less than the government trumpets. Also most of these men and women are already in there 60s, 70s, or 80,s, and with the governments dragging its feet for so many years a large number have already lost the right to a pension by dying –maybe they are just waiting for the rest of us to go ??
Yes i must declare an interest, for i am one of these veterans , with 10 years service, as a bomb disposal specialist (Ammo Tech) which finished in 1974 , so i lost out by just over 12 months, and our friendly civil service tell me that the information about the changes to pension policy were in the public domain for over a year before i finished , but you dont get many whitehall bulletins while buried away on explosive ordnance duties in the wilds of Mid Wales, or spashing about in the mid atlantic.
I strongly believe that the government of the day kept this change to legisation “out of the lime-light” as a ploy to minimise future costs.
Many MP’s have voiced their support for this campaign, but without Nick Clegg and David Cameron getting the Government to support this change , then we, the veterans will have to keep fighting for justice until someone listens