Thousands of former military wives are missing out on valuable pensions credits simply because they reached state pension age before the rules changed. The new state pension was introduced in April 2016, and it stopped the ability for people to claim a pension based on their spouse’s national insurance contributions. Recognising the impact this could have on partners of people in the military, who often move around, the government introduced credits for military spouses while abroad. But the opportunity to claim is only available to people reaching state pension age after 6 April 2016.
Article By Elizabeth Anderson