Help us to help those who haven’t claimed their rightful pension
An appeal from Maj Gen Neil Marshall, CEO of the Forces Pension Society.
“In difficult times like these, some are experiencing greater hardship than they should. I’m referring to those veterans that have unclaimed pensions because they are unaware that they may have qualified for a preserved pension based on the previous service; and those who cannot be traced by the MoD’s Pension Administrator. We estimate there are over 7,000 such unclaimed pensions, some of which are quite substantial.
“The Forces Pension Society works in conjunction with Veterans’ Gateway – the first point of contact for those seeking support – to help those who may be eligible to claim their pension. Since 2017, we have dealt with more than 6,000 enquiries from Veterans or their families and have confirmed entitlements for more than 850 Veterans. And the amounts involved are not insignificant. For example, recent successes include an individual who left the Army in 1988 after 12 years’ service. He received an annual pension of £5,000, a lump sum of £15,000 and two years’ back pension. To be perfectly clear, however, if the Service Person was on a gratuity earning Short Service Commission and received a gratuity payment when they retired, then they would not be eligible for a preserved pension.
“Of course different pension schemes have different rules but if you know any Veterans who served under AFPS 75 or 2005 who have turned or are approaching 60 and have not claimed their service pension, please encourage them to visit the Veterans’ Gateway website – www.VeteransGateway.org or call them on 0808 802 1212.
“Additional helpful information can be found on our website: www.forcespensionsociety.org
As I remind people repeatedly, it pays to understand your pension.”