Your RAF Pension
If you left the RAF without a pension then this information IS of interest to you.
The following is courtesy of http://www.rafcom.co.uk/pay_allowances/main.cfm.
There is a great deal of other information on the above site including current definitions, government benefits, travel, War Pensioners Service and current pension rates. It is really worth a browse. Just click on the link above.
Service Preserved Pensions
Prior to 06 April 1975 there was no provision for a preservation of pension benefits and service personnel who left the Armed Forces had to have completed 16 years from age 21 (Officers) or 22 years from age 18 (Other ranks). Those who left before that date without completing the above criteria, lost all pension entitlement.
The rules changed on 06 April 1975 to provide for pensions to be preserved for payment at age 60 for all those discharged over the age of 26 with a minimum of 5 years service. On 06 April 1988, the qualifying period was reduced from 5 to 2 years and the age criterion was dropped. Preserved pensions have to be claimed at age 60.
Service pensions are administered by the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency (AFPAA) but pension payments are made by Paymaster, the paying authority for the Armed Forces pension Scheme (AFPS).
For Ex-Royal Air Force Personnel Contact:
Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency (Glasgow)
Joint Service Pensions
Mail Point 480
65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX
Tel: 0141 224 3600 or 945613600
For Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army Personnel Contact:
Helpline: 0800 169 22 77 (Freeline)
Overseas: +44 1253 866043
Textphone: 0800 169 3458
8.15 am to 5.15 pm Monday to Thursday
8.15 am to 4.30 pm Friday
The following contacts may also still be valid but I have not checked: Telephone Chris Boyson (RN retired) on 01483 527145, or write to Richmond’s Solicitors, 34a High Street, Keynsham, Bristol. BS31 1DQ.