MPs investigate equal pensions for ex-soldiers

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A CAMPAIGN group of ex-service personnel – including former armed forces members from South Yorkshire – has had its fight for equal pensions recognised in Parliament.

Members of the Equality for Veterans Association (EFVA) are calling for a change in rules which mean people who left the forces before 1975 received no pension unless they had served for at least 22 years.

Their pressure has led to the formation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group.

A spokesman for EFVA said: “We are all aware of the current parlous state of the UK economy and that any sizeable reduction in the budget deficit will not come overnight.

“However, Government claims that to allow settlement of this long-outstanding issue would simply be unaffordable does not stand up to scrutiny.

“It is argued the true cost would in practice be much less than claimed by HM Treasury and is affordable.”

The association said it is hopeful the new parliamentary group will help its cause.