Armed Forces: Pensions

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 26 March 2024.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask His Majesty's Government in what format Armed Forces personnel receive advice about their pensions when they leave the services.

Photo of The Earl of Minto The Earl of Minto The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The single Services provide holistic support to their respective leavers and signpost to the services available to them. Although individual units may have their own bespoke processes, the Tri Service Resettlement policy (JSP 534) available at the link below explains the minimum level of support. www.gov.uk/government/publications/tri-service-resettlement-manual-jsp-534

All Service leavers are given the opportunity to attend a Financial Aspects of Resettlement Brief by the Forces Pension Society. Briefs can be attended at any point in a Service person's career, however priority is given to Service leavers with nine months or less to discharge. Briefings are tailored, where numbers permit, to different rank groups, and spouses are welcome to attend.

All Service leavers are issued a Service Leavers' Guide designed to provide help and advise on a range of topics to assist with planning the transition to civilian life, and contains pension information and signposting. This was last reviewed in September 2023 and can be found at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/651c1168e4e658000d59d888/Service_Leavers_Guide_-_Sep_23.pdf

On discharge, Service leavers also receive a letter from the Joint Personnel Administration Centre (JPAC) detailing their pension entitlement and when this will be paid.

Further information and guidance relating to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) is readily available on gov.uk at the following link:

www.gov.uk/guidance/pensions-and-compensation-for-veterans

The Armed Forces Pension Calculator can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/armed-forces-pension-calculator

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