News story: Armed forces pensions for life

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From 1 April 2015 all pensions awarded to armed forces spouses and civil partners under AFPS 75, or the WPS, will be for life.

Those already in receipt of a survivor’s pension who have not remarried or formed a new relationship will be entitled to keep their pension for life with no loss of pension benefits if they later decide to re-marry, cohabit or form a civil partnership.

Those who qualify for a survivor’s pension after 1 April 2015 will be eligible to retain their pension for life.

Those who have already surrendered their pension on remarriage, cohabitation or formed a civil partnership will be able to apply to have their pension restored for life if the new relationship ends.

Similarly, those who marry, remarry, cohabit or form a new civil partnership on or before 31 March 2015 will be able to apply to have their pension restored for life if that relationship ends.

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