War widow’s pension entitlement

NORTH East MSP Alex Johnstone is urging those bereaved through military service to ensure that they are claiming all of their entitlements under the War Pension Scheme.

Mr Johnstone explained: “A war widow’s or widower’s pension can be paid where a late spouse’s or civil partner’s death was as a result of service before April 6, 2005.

“Many people are unaware that new claims can still be made. Prior to 2005, a war widow could not keep her pension if she married again. This remains the case in some instances, but many people may be unaware that where a pension had ceased due to remarriage or living with a new partner, war widows can reclaim their pension if that relationship ends.”

Mr Johnstone concluded: “Anyone who feels they may be entitled to a war widow’s pension can receive more information from the Veterans-UK helpline on 0800 169 2277.”