From the TUC

Armed Forces’ pensions and CPI uprating

15 Nov 2010, by in Society & Welfare

General Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, has said that he is “concerned” at the impact that uprating by the Consumer Price Index will have on pensions for war widows and injured servicemen. Speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, the head of the UK’s armed forces said that he hoped to address the “worst excesses.”

The Forces Pensions Society says that, for instance, a double amputee Corporal, disabled at 28, would lose £587,000 by the age of 70. The Society’s Chairman, Vice Admiral Sir Michael Moore, said:

It is so easy for Mr Cameron to extol the forces at every opportunity… but his words will have a hollow ring unless he addresses these issues personally.

The TUC has been highlighting the injustice of the switch to uprating by CPI ever since the day it was announced in June’s emergency budget. Everyone whose pension will be hit by this move has a right to be angry – public sector workers and benefit claimants and people with forces pensions as well. All will be more likely to suffer poverty as a result.

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