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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Posted by Parveen Hassan
| 12:35
Widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of all members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme will now retain their pensions for life, fulfilling the Government’s ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.
Claire Perry MP and Parveen Hassan CWH at CCHQ

In a fitting tribute to our Armed Forces, Claire Perry MP was thrilled to hear following many years of campaigning by Service Charities, Michael Fallon the Secretary of State for Defence announced that widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of all members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme will now retain their pensions for life even if they re-marry. 

This recognises the unique commitment made by Service families, who often have had to cope with long and uncertain separations while the mobile nature of Service family life prevented many earning from their own occupational pension. 

Commenting, Claire Perry MP said:

“Many of us have campaigned for years to remove this anomaly that seemed so unfair and prevented service widows (and widowers and civil partners) from marrying again without huge financial sacrifice. I am so pleased that the Defence Secretary saw the injustice of this, and has made this very appropriate change and I congratulate the Service Charities for campaigning so hard to bring this about.”