The Treasury has been at the centre of the resistance to demands for change highlighted by our War Widows’ Pensions Crusade.
In 2015 the Government ruled war widows could keep the £7,500-a-year “killed in active service” pension if they remarried.
But around 300 widows missed out as they’d remarried before then and the law was not backdated.
The Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Donald Allister, said the “particular scandal of this situation is that it only applies to those where the incident causing the death occurred between April 1973 and April 2005”.
Those widowed before or after didn’t lose their benefit if they remarried, he said. “This is complete nonsense and is shameful. It must be put right.”
— Deirdre Walsh (@magicdmw) February 26, 2020