These issues have been running for some time, but they are remain current, could you be affected?
Commissioned Army Other Ranks – Underpayment of Pensions - This story has run and run. but remains current because we are still finding new cases of underpayment. If you were Commissioned from the ranks as an LE Officer who resigned your commission after more than two years’ service but less than five you could be entitled to a supplement which reflects the proportion of your commissioned service. To date we have found over 40 personnel who were not paid this – all in the Army. So remember to check with us if you think you might be affected.
National Insurance Credits for Service Wives. - If you have gaps in your National Insurance record after 6 April 1975 because you accompanied your serving spouse on a tour outside the United Kingdom, you can claim back the missing years BUT this only applies to those who are eligible for the New State Pension introduced in April 2016 – it does not apply to those already in receipt of a pension under the old state pension scheme. Those eligible are men born on or after 6 April 1951 and women born on or after 6 April 1953. See here for full details – and tell your mates.
Recent Pension Judgement – Judges and Firefighters - The last newsletter dealt with why in our view there was no read across to the Armed Forces from a successful appeal by judges and firefighters about the implementation of their new pension schemes. We dealt with the issue on the facts, but should also have added that the Armed Forces enjoy an absolute exemption from age (and disability) discrimination by virtue of the Equality Act 2010, which simply reinforces our earlier view.