Gurkha pension victory
GURKHA soldiers serving with the British Army have won a victory in a fight for better pensions.
The Government announced last week that the Nepalese soldiers will receive the same pensions as their British counterparts - whereas up until now they have only being given between one sixth and one eighth.
However, this will only apply to Gurkha soldiers who retired after 1997.
Campaigner Peter Carroll has been supporting the Gurkhas, many of whom are stationed in Folkestone.
He said: “The announcement is great news for the Gurkhas. They have a unique place in the hearts of the British public and they deserve equality.
“On the other hand, the announcement does absolutely nothing for any Gurkha who retired before 1997. This includes several thousand veterans of the Second World War and other conflicts who receive no pension whatsoever.”