KEY ACHIEVEMENTS NUMBER 11: BRINGING FAIRNESS TO WAR WIDOWS PENSIONS

From 1 April this year, widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of all members of the Armed Forces Pensions Scheme will retain their pensions for life. Previously, Armed Forces widows lost their right to a pension for life on remarriage or cohabitation.

Given our area's strong connection to the Armed Forces I worked hard in support of this campaign, lobbying Ministers, speaking in Parliament and meeting the war widows affected. It was a tough fight but extremely worthwhile and I am pleased that the partners of our service men and women now have greater financial security and peace of mind.