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View Article  FORCES PENSIONS (update)

FORCES PENSIONS (update)

You may be interested in reading this petition and supporting it. 

The recent Forces Pension Society newsletter tells of an RPI/CPI e-petition which has been established hoping to reverse the Government's decision to link pension increases to CPI instead of RPI.  The Government will debate e-petitions that achieve 100,000 signatures, so please can you pass on the following link to ex-servicemen that you know in the hope that they'll sign it, as it affects all of us.  The link is:

View Article  Make Forces Pensions Past & Present Tax Free
A request that I received
from

Tez Watson, RAF Rtd


Dear Peter

A friend of both you and I, Keir Hardie (RM ret'd) suggested that I contact you to see if you might be willing to help the above cause by publicising it through your network of contacts/websites.

A recent post - He took a job knowing he would never get rich. He's missed out on many holidays and special occasions in order to protect lives. He was expected to lay down his life or take a life if necessary. It has been proven that his life expectancy is shorter than yours because of everything he went through. And some think he's not deserving of his pension, or health care benefits. (This also applies to service ladies, of course.)

Mick Clarke an ex-RLC Sergeant has had a pretty rough time of it and is suffering badly from the consequences of his long service career. He has found life very tough since being leaving the mob and started the cause on Facebook to try and help others like him as much as for his own benefit. There are many ex-servicemen and women that deserve better having given so much for their country (and other countries!) and they seem to be at the bottom of the heap when it comes to support from the government - the druggies, the  spongers and the scroungers seem to fare much better having given nothing...

The aim is to try and recruit 100,000 members and then try to convert them a quickly as possible to signatories to a Westminster petition (once it is launched). The window for the e-petition is limited and if it can get 100,000 signatories then apparently a question must be raised in parliament. We also would like to locate well-known faces that have a military career/background be they sports/media/entertainment/politics/etc - anyone willing to help to bring the cause the attention of the media.

I have suggested that a formal parade of ex-servicemen could be organised in London (taking the route of the Remembrance Day parade) - though given recent peaceful protests being hijacked I'm not so sure. However, it could be possible and the event could pay it's respects to the fallen as it would pass the Cenotaph. It may not be easy to mobilise ex-servicemen but if there's a potential financial benefit to them all it may just prove possible.

For my part I served in the RAF for 21 years as an aircraft technician reaching the dizzy heights of Sergeant in 1989 and serving on until 1997. I saw this cause and decided to get involved as I am fit (?) and able unlike many of our former colleagues.

Please take a moment to visit this website and if you can assist in any way, no matter how small your support would be much appreciated.

http://www.causes.com/causes/525673-make-forces-pensions-past-present-tax-free?m=1f955714

Kindest Regards

Tez Watson

Foxnwolf comments;

Thanx Tez for contacting me, I fully support this cause (not that I need the cash but for rightly those that do) If there is anything else you want me to post just let me know.......

PMPT & Semper Fi.......

View Article  Sacked Soldier Misses Pension By Just 72 Hours

Sacked Soldier Misses Pension By Just 72 Hours



 


MoD bosses axed a soldier 72 hours before he completed his 18 years service -to stop him getting his full pension.

The man, in his 40s, served his country for 17 years, 362 days before being hit by redundancy as the Army sheds 5,000 jobs.

He must wait another 18 years before drawing a smaller pension, saving the MoD £108,000.

Malcolm Farrow, of The Forces Pension Society, described the treatment of the soldier as "unfair". He said: "To be made redundant only three days from your pension is harsh."

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said the serviceman had been "robbed" and urged PM David Cameron to intervene.

He said: "Those who have given so much to the country deserve better than this."

The Sun revealed last year that hundreds of soldiers just short of qualifying for full pensions were being targeted for the sack.

Engineers, drivers, Gurkhas and medics up to two years short of their time were most at risk.

Before a rule change in 2010, servicemen made redundant got an immediate pension if they had served at least 12 years. Now it is 18 years. Junior NCOs are worst hit by the change.

An MoD spokesman said: "Those who leave just prior to 18 years do not receive an immediate pension.

"But the redundancy scheme pays a significantly larger tax-free lump sum.

"They will still receive a pension and a further tax-free sum at 60 or 65."