House of Commons
COMPENSATION FOR WAR WIDOWS
Tabled 12 April 2016
This is an amendment to an existing motion
Motion originally tabled by Greg Mulholland on 24 February 2016
This is amendment number 1
"leave out from 'campaign' to end and insert '; is very disappointed at the refusal of the Government to rectify this injustice.'."
Original Motion Text
That this House notes the changes announced in 2014 which allowed war widows or widowers who lost their spouse or cohabiting partner in service in the armed forces before 6 April 2005, and had not remarried by 1 April 2015, to retain their war widow pension for life regardless of ongoing relationship status; further notes that this excluded war widows bereaved before 6 April 2005 who remarried between 31 March 1973 and 6 April 2005 and lost their war widows pension upon remarrying; believes that this is arbitrary, morally wrong and unjustifiable; notes the example of Susan Rimmer, from Otley, whose husband Private James Lee was killed in Northern Ireland in 1972 when Susan was 19, married for just nine months and six months pregnant; notes that Susan lost her war widow pension upon remarrying in 1989 and since then has received no compensation for the loss of her first husband and her daughter's father; notes the Ministry of Defence say her payment can only be reinstated if she divorces her second husband but could then keep it if she remarried him; further believes this to be absurd and not how we should treat families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the UK; believes that everyone who lost partners in service to their country at any time should receive equal compensation on an ongoing basis regardless of relationship status; therefore supports the campaign backed by the Wharfedale and Aireborough Observer; and urges the Government to correct this injustice.