For a while now, the Brown government has been beset by scandal after scandal, from dodgy donations to losing confidental information. Nothing though seems to sum up the Brown mentality like this story:
“THE Ministry of Defence (MoD) is facing legal action over plans to cut the pensions of Gurkhas by sacking them three years before they are due to leave the army. The move, which means the MoD will avoid having to pay an ordinary Gurkha soldier more than Â£200,000, is to be challenged in the courts by the British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF).
The policy was introduced by civil servants after they were forced to increase the Gurkhasâ€™ pay and pensions to bring them into line with the rest of the army. An official briefing document on the new pension scheme shows that 80%-85% of Gurkhas will be discharged early, so missing the better payments. They will lose out not only on the immediate pension they would get after 18 yearsâ€™ service but also on a lump sum departure payment of the equivalent of three yearsâ€™ pension.”
So people who volunteered to protect, and die for, this country are being double-crossed so that ministers and civil servants can gourge themselves on more public money. Utterly disgusting and symbolic of the way that Brown operates. He could stop this right now if he chooses to, but he will not, becuase he does not care about such people.
“Gurkhas have been put on the new army pension scheme, which applies to all other soldiers, after years of campaigning by their supporters. The full pension will be worth around Â£6,500 a year for a rifleman, the basic Gurkha rank â€“ plus the one-off departure payment.
In the past, most Gurkhas served only for 15 years, after which they received an immediate pension that was much smaller and worth only about Â£1,200 a year for a rifleman.But Gurkhas on the new scheme will now get nothing until they are 65, if the MoD decides they are among the 80%-85% who are to be thrown out at 15 years.
For most Gurkhas who join the army at 18, that will deprive them of a total of 32 yearsâ€™ pension money, Â£208,000 for a basic rifleman, and far more for an NCO. The briefing document says the army will recruit far too many Gurkhas if they are allowed to serve to the 18-year point, so most will be discharged after 15 years with no immediate pension and no departure payment.”
It was originally a Blair scheme designed to steal from all soldiers, but now the government has revised it just to target the Gurkhas. Pathetic.
“A â€œmanning control schemeâ€ was used from the late 1990s until 2002, in an attempt to cut the MoDâ€™s pension liability by preventing some soldiers serving to the point at which they received an immediate pension.
But its deliberate intent to cut pension payments was exposed in 2002 after a series of cases in which highly experienced soldiers with extremely good reports were thrown out at a time when the army was desperately short of such men.
Ministers ordered civil servants to stop using the scheme to discharge good soldiers and it has not been used since. It has been revived specifically to control the numbers of Gurkha soldiers.”
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