Armed Forces: Pensions

Defence written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces widows who receive a pension through the 1975 Armed Forces Scheme have voluntarily surrendered their pensions on remarriage or cohabitation since the introduction of the scheme.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The number of armed forces widows who receive a pension through the 1975 Armed Forces Scheme who have had their pension suspended on remarriage or cohabitation since 2001, the earliest date for which figures are available, is 987. The provision of information for the period from 1975-2001 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

It has long been the policy of successive Governments that changes or improvement to public sector pension schemes should not be applied retrospectively. This is because legacy pension issues cannot be looked at in isolation; addressing one issue would increase the pressure to address legacy issues in all public sector pension schemes, and this would have huge financial implications.

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