Wednesday, 5 August 2009

UKIP backs forces pension campaign

A campaign fighting for ex-servicemen to receive a pension is being backed by the UK Independence Party

UKIP Chairman Paul Nuttall has thrown his weight behind the campaign launched by the Armed Forces Pension Group (AFPG), to provide ex-servicemen, who served before April 1975, with an Armed Forces Pension.

Prior to that date servicemen had to have served 22 years to be eligible for a pension. However, when this was changed it did not apply retrospectively,

North West MEP Mr Nuttall, pictured here with AFPG organiser Tony Bullen said: “I think it is an absolute disgrace that men and women who were willing to die for this country have been treated so shabbily by successive governments.

“There must be thousands of men and women who served in the Armed Forces prior to April 1975 who are not receiving the pension they deserve.

“I encourage them to contact AFPG and get behind the campaign to claim the
money that is morally theirs,” he said.

AFPG has already collected 200,000 signatures of support across the country. The group hopes to collect one million signatures and hand the petition in to 10 Downing Street.

People interested in helping can contact or call 01623 402290

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