Powerful campaign by Forces Pension Society for veterans’ unclaimed pensions

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The high profile campaign by Forces Pension Society’s campaign for veterans’ unclaimed pensions is gathering pace with government, other organisations and veterans.

Did you know?

– Between June 2020 and May 2022, over 4,000 preserved Armed Forces pensions went unclaimed.

– The pension is not paid automatically.  Veterans must apply to Veterans UK using AFPS Form 8 or call 0800 085 3600 for information.

– Anyone serving after April 1975 now aged 60 or over could have an Armed Forces pension if they served for two years or more.

– Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) Annual Report (July 2023) shows the number of unclaimed deferred pension benefits has grown still further in 2022/3, reaching more than 17,100

Forces Pension Society CEO, Maj Gen Neil Marshall shares:

These unclaimed pensions, in many cases, represent quite substantial sums of money. And the situation has not improved, with the number of unclaimed pensions rising.

We applaud the engagement of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs and we also urge anyone who may know a Veteran who has not yet claimed a pension to visit the Veterans’ Gateway website without delay.

For our part, the Society will maintain its focus on this issue until we see more of these pensions in the hands of those who earned them.

Armed Forces Pension Schemes

The Forces Pension Society has produced informative guides for Veterans’ Gateway on the various Armed Forces Pension Schemes.

Find out more about the Forces Pension Society