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Navy Deferred Pension

Did you serve after 6 April 1975 and leave before you had complete 22 years service or Officers after 16 years service? If so, you are reminded that you may be entitled to a preserved pension from age 60. Read on...........

 

Prior to 6 April 1975 there was no provision for a preservation of pension benefits and service

personnel who left the armed forces had to have completed 16 years from age 21 (officers) or 22

years from age 18 (other ranks). Those who left before that date without completing the above

criteria, lost all pension entitlement. (This is very unlikely to change despite appeals to the Govt)

The rules changed on 6 April 1975 to provide for pensions to be deferred for payment at age 60

for all those discharged over the age of 26 with a minimum of 5 years service. On 31 March 1978

the age criterion was dropped and on 6 April 1988, the qualifying period was reduced from 5 to 2

years. Deferred pensions can be claimed at age 60 or at age 65 if your service began after 5

April 2006 and after that point. However, you can claim your preserved pension sooner if you

become permanently incapacitated.

 

Service pensions are administered by Veterans UK but pension payments are made by

Paymaster (1836) Ltd, the paying authority for the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS).

For further information For help and information on your armed forces pension please ring the

Veterans UK on 0800 085 3600 or write to:

 

Veterans UK Pension Division

Mail Point 480

Kentigern House

65 Brown Street

Glasgow, G2 8EX

 

Preserved Pension Claim Form: AFPS (Form 8)

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The Riders Branch of the Royal Naval Association

Shipmates may be interested to hear about the newly formed Branch of the RNA - the Riders Branch which was commissioned in April 2018 and the formation of the Branch formally approved by National Conference in June 2018.

Full membership is available to those who have an interest in motorcycling as well as a maritime background in the Armed Services e.g Royal Navy, Royal Marines and associate membership for those who have not served but who wish to support. Its aim is to be diverse in their membership with all ages and genders included and to encourage all members to play an active role within the Branch nationally and as the membership increases into areas, forming local groups to meet.

For many people this will be a second membership of the Association itself so that they can continue their support for their current branches in the UK and other parts of the world.

For more information email the Chairman, Bernie McPhillips (bmcphillips@btinternet.com) or the Hon. Secretary, Roslyn Hastie-Murray (sec.ridersrna@yahoo.com ) or see the FaceBook page - Royal Naval Association Riders Branch.

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Citizens Advice service for RN Veterans

Seafarers’ Advice & Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice service dedicated to seafarers across the UK.

SAIL has been giving support to merchant seafarers and fishermen for 20 years. It has now expanded and can give free advice to anyone who has ever served in the Royal Navy. We can also help their partners, widows and widowers.

Of course, this includes CONA members.

Advice is given by phone, email or letter. All advice is free, fast and confidential.

SAIL can give advice on all of these and many more –

* Benefits

* Pensions

* Debts and money problems

* Housing issues

* Problems at work

* Maritime charity grants

* Consumer problems

* Family-related issues

* Immigration

SAIL has 6 advisers, all of whom are professional and fully trained.

SAIL is independent from the government, and from the Royal Navy.

How to get advice

You can contact a SAIL adviser in any of these ways -

• Call 08457 413 318 or 020 3597 1580 between 10 and 4 on weekdays. You can request an immediate call back if the call is expensive for you. There’s an answer phone service at other times.

• Email advice@sailine.org.uk

• Use the contact page on the SAIL website www.sailine.org.uk/contact-us

There's more information on the SAIL website www.sailine.org.uk

Seafarers’ Advice & Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice service dedicated to seafarers across the UK

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