Veterans fight for fair pensions

Members of the Equality for Veterans Association who collected signatures in Sheffield on their petition for fairer pensions for old soldiers.
Members of the Equality for Veterans Association who collected signatures in Sheffield on their petition for fairer pensions for old soldiers.
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OLD armed forces veterans campaigning for fairer pensions collected hundreds of signatures when they manned a stall in Sheffield city centre - and have received support from city MPs David Blunkett, Paul Blomfield, Clive Betts and Nick Clegg.

Members of the Equality for Veterans Association, a national campaign group which is urging the Government to provide service personnel with equal pensions, were in Tudor Square and the Winter Garden asking the public to back their cause.

The organisation is fighting for tens of thousands of old soldiers, sailors and airmen who were not given a pension.

Anyone who retired from the forces prior to 1973 had to serve 22 years - or 16 years if they were an officer - to claim a pension, but those who retired afterwards were allowed a pro-rata pension after three years’ service.

Sid West, deputy campaign manager for the association, said: “We would like to thank the people of Sheffield for helping us with our petition - we collected 566 signatures in the 90 minutes we were in the city centre.

“We would also like to thank Clive Betts for taking the time to come to speak with some of our veterans. He said many MPs do not know of this inequality in pro-rata pensions.”

Mr West also thanked the other MPs for their support.