22 Signal Regiment, takes to the parade square at Beacon Barracks
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MoD Responds To Gurkha Pension Loss

The Ministry of Defence have issued a statement following the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that some Gurkha veterans will...

22 Signal Regiment, takes to the parade square at Beacon Barracks
The Ministry of Defence have issued a statement following the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that some Gurkha veterans will not be entitled to pension parity with other British Army veterans. 
 
An MoD spokesperson said: "The government welcomes the decision of the European Court of Human Rights which supports previous rulings by the UK Courts. 
 
"For most Gurkhas, the Gurkha Pension Scheme provides a pension of an equal value to that of their British counterparts with identical periods of service.

"Gurkhas are amongst the best and the bravest and we will continue to honour and reward their commitment and sacrifice under our existing arrangements."

 
The case, taken to the European Court of Human Rights by the British Gurkhas Welfare Society (BGWS), was launched back in 2011 after being rebuffed in a UK court test case. 
 
Prior to 1997 Gurkhas had a different pension scheme from other soldiers, with their pensions worth between a third to half of their non-Gurkha colleagues.
 
In 1997 their pensions were brought in line with those of other soldiers and a decade later it was announced that they could transfer their pension schemes from the original Gurkha pension scheme to that of the regular Armed Forces Pension Scheme.
 
The government says those Gurkhas stuck on the old scheme are provided with a good standard of living in Nepal and that their pensions remain double the top rate of equivalent Indian Army veterans. On top of which £5 million of funding from Libor fines has also been made available to increase welfare payments for needy Gurkha veterans and widows.