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Army axes hero 3days short of £260K Pension #810978
27th Jul 2013 2:09am
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Article 25 July 2013 by Ian Drury Daily Mail:

A soldier will miss out on almost £175,000 after his job was axed by defence bosses just 72 hours before he qualified for a full service pension.
Sergeant Michael Anderson, 35, was within three days of claiming a lifetime pension deal worth £261,278 for 18 years’ service.
He will now have to wait until he is 60 before receiving a package worth less than £90,000.
The case has fuelled suspicions that the Army, which is shedding 20,000 personnel in a cost-cutting exercise, is targeting those within
touching distance of generous lifetime payments.
Critics have accused the Government of breaking the Armed Forces Covenant, the nation’s duty of care to troops.
Sgt Anderson serves with the Royal Dragoon Guards and has completed tours of duty in Northern Ireland and Iraq. He now faces the prospect of losing his job, home and financial security.
His wife Jolene, 32, a mental health care manager, said her husband had been ‘repaid with betrayal’.
‘He is crushed,’ she said. ‘It is disgraceful that he has been discarded just three days short of qualifying for his immediate pension.

'My husband has been building a secure foundation for a future for our family and now we are going to be potentially homeless.
‘He has been expected to live by and uphold the Army’s values of respect, integrity, loyalty and commitment.
‘Yet what respect, integrity and loyalty has he been shown by the MoD? Absolutely none.
‘We fully understand that cuts in personnel have to be made throughout the Armed Forces and across the public sector. But to wrench his pension away from him so close to qualifying is devious and completely undermines the values on which the Army is supposed to pride itself.’
Sgt Anderson, a father of two, lives in service housing in Catterick, North Yorkshire. The non-commissioned officer has also served as a casualty visitor, providing support for the families of killed or injured troops.

He was told last month he had been selected for compulsory redundancy from his job as a welfare officer with a 12-month notice period.

Soldiers must serve 18 years to earn an immediate pension and tax-free lump sum when they leave the Army. Sgt Anderson was stunned to find out his redundancy starts on June 18 next year – after 17 years and 362 days.

The axe also fell just two weeks before he was presented with a medal for long service and good conduct. He now receives a redundancy payout of £87,417, with a £4,374-a-year pension once he reaches 60.
Had he reached 18 years he would have been given £261,278 – a £51,926 lump sum plus £8,723 a year until the age of 60.

The difference between the two deals is £173,861.
Kevan Jones, a shadow defence minister, said the Government had left soldiers on the ‘financial scrapheap’.
‘This is no way to treat someone who has given their life to the defence of their country,’ he said.


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Re: Army axes hero 3days short of £260K Pension [Re: paxvobiscum] #811547
29th Jul 2013 10:27am
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Probably not done as a deliberate act against him, as it could and probably did affect others in the same way.
Unfortuately, these changes coming about, in the name of 'austerity' are like test cases, and if nobody steps in to counteract them, they will continue.

Considering how much our involvement in the wars of the first decade of this century have cost, I suppose we can expect more of the same....

Financial Cost of the Iraq War to UK.

U.K. war costs[edit]As of March 2006, approximately £4.5 billion had been spent by the United Kingdom in Iraq. All of this money has come from a government fund called the "Special Reserve" which has a current allocation of £7.4 billion.[19][20]

As of 2013, UK Afghanistan war alone cost have been calculated as £37bn.[21] In June 2010, UK costs exceeded £20bn for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.[22]



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Re: Army axes hero 3days short of £260K Pension [Re: paxvobiscum] #811553
29th Jul 2013 10:43am
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I tend to think someone makes a load of money out of these wars.
oink oink

It would have been fair (the magic buzzword) if they had worked out a settlement in proportion to the amount of time served.
I bet the officers above a certain rank (that's if any of them are going) don't lose out.

Last edited by derekdwc; 29th Jul 2013 10:48am.
Re: Army axes hero 3days short of £260K Pension [Re: paxvobiscum] #811554
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Lost 9 years RN pension because the "rules" changed but never mind the MPs keep their's safe, oh, and the civil servants too. Life's a bummer at times.


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Re: Army axes hero 3days short of £260K Pension [Re: BandyCoot] #812044
30th Jul 2013 10:19pm
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I'd be well annoyed with that!

Not civil servants btw. They did lose their pensions, as did teachers, nurses, fire brigade.

Members of Parliament didn't tho...


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