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Moray SNP News

MORAY MP MEETS LOCAL WAR WIDOWS IN PARLIAMENT

20/06/2016  

Moray MP Angus Robertson met with local war widows at Westminster yesterday (Wednesday) to show his support for pension fairness. War Widows from Moray and across the county joined a demonstration in an effort to have the rules governing pension payments overturned.

Under the current legislation, widows whose partners died between 1973 and 2005 – and who remarried before April last year no longer qualify for pensions.

The local SNP MP has previously campaigned against the pension discrimination that faces many service widows. During Prime Minister’s Questions in November last year, Mr Robertson also urged Government ministers to rethink the current legislation for War Widows who cannot claim a pension that is rightfully theirs.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“I was pleased to join Maureen Jarvis, Judith Sutherland and Angie MacKenzie at their protest today to demand justice and call on the UK government to reinstate the war widows' pension to those who have been denied it.

"Our armed forces make huge sacrifices to protect our country and the UK government has a duty to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant and take care of our service personnel and their loved ones.

"It is especially incumbent upon the UK government to support the loved ones of service personnel who have died while serving. It is completely unacceptable that the UK government continues to unfairly deny hundreds of war widows a pension that is rightfully theirs simply because they have remarried. No one should have to choose between economic security and finding love again after the tragic death of their partner.

"The UK government's current policy of denying war widows pensions to those who remarried between 1973 and 2005, but allowing pensions to those who remarried before or after that period is completely incoherent and makes no sense at all.

"These are widows whose husbands paid for their military service with their lives and the state should recognise that sacrifice. I will continue to do everything I can to make sure the UK government changes this deeply unjust policy."

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