Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Local MP calls for war widow justice

Dudley MP Ian Austin has given his backing to a campaign to secure pensions for all war widows, regardless of when their spouse died.

Under current legislation those who lost a husband or wife between 1973 and 2005 lose their War Widows Pension if they remarry or cohabit with a new partner. Those whose spouses died before 1973 or after 2005 are guaranteed a pension for life, regardless of whether they remarry.

Official government figures show that 4,200 people are affected, and it’s estimated that it would cost just £70,000 a year to support them.

Austin has written to the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond asking the Government to bring forward new legislation to ensure equal treatment for all war widows.

Ian Austin said:

“I believe we owe our Armed Forces, past and present, an enormous debt of gratitude, and part of repaying this debt means ensuring widows and their families have long-term financial security.

“It’s unfair that some war widows are losing out on support just because their spouse died at the wrong time.”

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