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Forces Widows Pensions (Equality of Treatment) Bill 2008-09

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Sponsor:
Mr Michael Mates

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill as introduced | PDF version, 78KB 04.06.2009

Latest news on the Forces Widows Pensions (Equality of Treatment) Bill 2008-09

This Bill was presented to Parliament on 21 January. This is known as First Reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

This Bill was on the Order Paper for a Second Reading on several Fridays before being dropped by its sponsor, Mr Michael Mates.

 

Summary of the Forces Widows Pensions (Equality of Treatment) Bill 2008-09

Until 1973, the widow of a retired serviceman was entitled to a pension equal to one third of the pension their spouse had earned. In 1973, a number of improvements to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme were introduced, one of which was to increase the service widow’s pensions to half the spouse’s rate of pension. However, this improvement applied only to that part of the spouse’s pension earned by service on or after 31 March 1973.

The Bill would provide for armed forces pensions to be paid to surviving spouses and civil partners of deceased armed forces personnel who retired from service:
    (a) before 31 March 1973 and
    (b) between 31 March 1973 and 6 April 2005
to be calculated and paid on the same basis.

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