Gurkha pen­sion vic­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.”

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