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Woman fights for war widow pension after remarrying

Eve Holt, 73 has joined the war on mis-sold pension claims. The elderly woman affirmed that the current crusade spearheaded by “Daily Express War Windows” has rejuvenated her hope of reclaiming her late husband’s service pension. Eve is one of the 300 women who were denied the War Widow’s Pension after remarrying. Ken Finch, the first husband to Mrs. Holt met his untimely death in 1988 while serving in the Royal Navy after a long battle with blood cancer. He was serving as a radio electrical specialist and the Royal Navy agreed that his condition was caused by the nature of his work and his spouse was entitled to the compensation.

Unfortunately, the veteran later learned she would benefit from the pension scheme because she had fallen in love. The Daily Express has decided to challenge the controversial rules. Mrs. Holt pointed out that the draconian decision to rob off the pension compensation from her was quite demanding and makes Ken’s service and life worthless. Ken dedicated all his life to his country and assured his wife that the Royal Navy would care for her if the unexpected happens.

Mrs. Holt pointed out that she was happy to learn that they were many other women going through the same experience. She also insisted that War Widows’ Pension should be given to all women irrespective of whether they decided to remarry or not. In 2015, the UK government decided to change the law to allow all war windows to maintain the “killed in active service” for all their lives irrespective of whether they decided to remarry.

Mrs. Holt and the other 299 windows who decided to remarry before the due date were not included in the new arrangement because the law had no room for backdating the claims, which helped the Treasury to save nearly £30 million every year.

The 300 windows are only left with one option for reclaiming their mis-sold pension, ending their current matrimonial unions to benefit from the possible £7,000 every year. The WWA-War Widow’s Association- and the Daily Express are pressuring the UK government to rethink the new law by employing the Armistice Day centenary. Mrs. Holt hailed the crusade and observed that it was the right time for the government to act. Although Mrs. Holt has not yet received the £7,000 tax-free compensation, she has already received the £20,000 gratuity settlement.

Ken had served in the Royal Navy for 28 years having worked onboard for HMS Tenby, HMS Scarborough, and HMS Zulu.

Linda McHugh, another widow who has been penalised for remarrying urged the Armistice Day centenary and other crusader groups to continue pressuring the government to effect the changes. She pointed out that her late husband, John Gibbons, a trooper died from a booby-trap bomb in 1973 but later decided to remarry. The number of mis-sold pension claims will significantly increase in the coming years because the country has over 15,800 widowers and windows. The Armed Forces Covenant affirms that veterans, personnel, and their households reserve the right to be rewarded and sustained.