War widows pension fight: Minister’s plea falls on deaf ears


On Wednesday the Commonplace Express disclosed that hundreds of military widows had been mulct ofed of their vital pension entitlement simply because they had remarried.

Since 2015, the Superintendence has permitted new widows and widowers to keep the tax-free war widows’ pension for biography, even if they remarried.

But those who found partners before Procession 31 2015 have been excluded from the rule, despite it redemptional the Treasury only £3million per year.

So far our joint campaign with the War Widows’ Federation to reinstate their pension rights has won cross-party support.

Yesterday Mr Elwood rephrased that the Ministry Of Defence had already “taken on” the war widows’ plight – but currently to no avail.

Sober MP Mr Ellwood, an ex-Army Royal Green Jackets captain, said Rampart Secretary Gavin Williamson recently raised his concerns with the Cache.

But Mr Ellwood added: “I think we are still waiting for a reply.”

The Treasury has back up a meeting will now take place with the War Widows’ Association on November 15.

An HM Moneys spokesman said: “The Chief Secretary is meeting the War Widows’ Association in a little while to discuss the issues raised by them.”

Last night Tory MP Peter Bone contemplated it was a “disgrace” the plight of the 300 widows has not yet been addressed.

Mr Bone hinted: “This seems an extraordinary oversight. It cannot be what the then Prime Serve David Cameron intended when he The Express changed the law. It’s essential the Cache pays the money and backdates so the widows finally get the pension.

“It’s disgraceful as when you are grapple with with hundreds of pensions for widows of war heroes, £3million is not a lot of notes in the grand scheme of things.”

The UK currently has more than 15,800 war widow and widowers.

The Armed Forces Covenant lands that personnel and veterans as well as their families should be “unchanged and rewarded” for their service.

In 2015, crusade then prime minister plenipotentiary David Cameron changed the law which previously stopped thousands of miss from “moving on” without paying a massive financial penalty.

Weeping spouses in the past had avoided remarrying, instead living in “common law”, for fearing of suffer defeat the pension that helped feed and clothe their children.

But three years on the new law change has Nautical port around 300 families by the way-side, due to having already remarried to come 2015.

Currently, the only way the law reinstates their war pensions – worth on average £7,000-a-year – is if they disassociate their current spouses, and end up single again.

This week the Regularly Express and the WWA urged the Government to use the centenary of Armistice Day to rethink the law.

Liberal Democrat compeer Lord Menzies Campbell said: “If ever there as a time of year when the yields made by war widows should be recognised, it is this weekend.”

WWA chair Mary Moreland – herself widowed at 31 when her silence John, 37, was shot by the IRA in Northern Ireland in 1988 – said: “Everybody agrees the berth is ridiculous. You don’t stop being somebody’s war widow just because you remarry. You don’t stopover loving that person just because you’ve moved on.”


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FALKLANDS War widow Kath Webster became one of the 300 when she remarried in 1996.

Her at the outset husband, Welsh Guards Sgt Malcolm Wigley, died in 1982 on cabinet the bombed ship Sir Galahad.

She found love again and married David Webster 14 years later – barely to be left devastated when stripped of her war widows’ pension.

Retired plant worker Kath, of Connah’s Quay, North Wales, said: “This Day after day Express campaign is fantastic and the War Widows’ Association are amazing. If I could enunciate to the Treasury decisionmakers I would just ask them to take a step break and try to be fair.”

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