Meeting a delegation of Gurkha veterans, Liberal Democrat Leader Menzies Campbell said that successive governments should be ashamed of failing to look after these veterans and causing them to live in poverty. He called for an immediate review to deliver fairer pensions to the many Gurkha veterans on low pensions or no pension at all.
- 22,000 veterans, who retired prior to 1997, receive inadequate pensions and have no right to settle in the UK
- Most Gurkha veterans from World War II receive no pension at all
- A rifleman who retired prior to 1997, paid in rupees, receives £1,185 per year
Menzies Campbell said:
“The Gurkhas have a unique place in the history and the affections of the British people.
“These soldiers have served our country well, and we have a moral obligation to give them a fair pension and British citizenship.
“It is shameful that there are 22,000 veterans, who retired before 1997, and who receive extremely low pensions or no pension at all. The Ministry of Defence must review and rectify this situation immediately and all Gurkhas must receive a fair pension.”