Armed Forces: Pensions

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Armed Forces Pay Body Review Report 2018, page 29, paragraph 3.25, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness and understanding of the Armed Forces Pension scheme among armed forces personnel.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

As acknowledged in the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report, work to improve communications is under way to ensure that the benefits of the pension scheme are understood by Service personnel. Building on the pension calculator and the 'Service to Civvy' pension awareness campaign already in place, this work includes a rolling programme of presentations to Service personnel to better communicate the value of the scheme; simplifying language and content in our literature and on our websites; simplifying the annual pension statements that Service personnel receive; improving pension-related training for military HR professionals, and working with relevant Service associations.

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