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Article in Daily Telegraph November 8th 2003

The Federation has completed its Researched Report into the failure by this Government to recognise and pay the Occupational Pensions and Gratuities for the accrued years of service due to members of the Armed Forces serving prior to 1975. This is the only such Report in existence.

The Federation has established the total cost to the Government to satisfy the above, and has circulated its full Report to all Members of Parliament. It is most important therefore, that all ex members of the Armed Forces serving prior to 1975, including any present day widows of service personnel, are registered with the Federation to ensure inclusion in any settlement. Additionally, representations have been placed before the Prime Minister, and his Government, calling on him to address this injustice immediately.

Meanwhile our case is before London solicitors, experienced in the field of challenging HM Government over injustices relating to the Armed Forces. They are currently seeking further guidance from our Secretary General (December 2015) If you wish to register your accrued years of service towards an Occupational Pension, and Gratuity to be taken into account, please forward your details via the "Membership" section of this website. The Combined Armed Forces Federation UK (CAFF UK) is now the only organisation seeking reparations on behalf of pre-1975 leavers - your support and the support given by current members, on your behalf, is greatly appreciated

Below is a copy of the article placed in ''The Daily Telegraph'' on Saturday 8th November 2003. There is a copy of the text below also as the text on the article cannot be seen clearly.

Picture of article in Daily Telegraph 8th November 2003


DAVID ROBSON, a former Fleet Air Arm Aircraft Artificer 1st Class, is one of the 3,000 ex-servicemen involed in Armed Forces Pension Group litigation against the Ministry of Defence and the Treasury.

He has become so disenchanted with the way former servicemen are being treated by the MoD, he is setting up a Combined Armed Forces Federation. Mr Robson said: ''I consider I am entitled to an occupational pension of eight years for my service from the age of 18 to 26. The rotten thing about it is that, although we did not qualify for a pension at the time, they were abating our pay to make allowances for the pensions rates. What leaves the nasty taste is that they were short-changing us for pension benefits and then saying at the same time if you serve for less than 22 years you are not going to get one. It is outrageous.'' Mr Robson, whose great-uncle, Pipe Major Daniel Laidlaw of the king's Own Scottish Borderers, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Loos in France, said he feels ''Let down and deceived''He said: ''We get all this rhetoric from MPs saying what fine and wonderful fighting men we were, and this is the sort of thing they end up doing. The feeling you get is that now your service is no longer required, they don't care about you. We all feel extremely angry''

Anyone wanting to contact Mr Robson about the Combined Armed Forces Federation can write to him at: 34 Raynes Road, Lee-On-The-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9AL


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