Widows Pension? - Help needed

Discussion in 'Armed Forces Pension Scheme' started by ches, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. My Dad died last week & i'm trying to find out if my mum is entitled to a widows pension of some sort. Have to admit i have no idea about these things so thought i'd ask the great & good here for some advice before getting on the phones officially if it looks promising.

    My Dad did just under 10yrs, 56-66 & left as a Sgt. He immediately joined the civil service & got a pension from them when he retired in 94. He never received an Army pesnion.

    I know about the recent rules regarding 12yrs service for entitlement on the personal pension but does anyone know the status based on historic service & possible entitlement to a widows pension now?

    I am assuming that as he never received a pension upon retirement for whatever reason (anyone have a clue why? Same basic entitelment rules in place in the 50/60's?) she isn't entitled to anything now.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    I'm afraid anyone who left with less than 22 years service prior to April 1975 has no military pension enitltement
    Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Personnel | SPVA | Pensions

    So in answer to your final question, no I'm afraid your mother is not entitled to a widows pension.
    I assume she will however receive a widows pension from the civil service.
  3. OB, thanks for that. Should have searched MOD site myself. Apologies.