Equality for British military families

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As a son of a senior Raf Surgeon, the late Air Commodore John Winter CBE, FRCS (E) I was born in Germany at RAF Rinteln and then moved to raf Singapore. I arrived in the uk aged 7. Now being some 2 months off my state pension age I claimed state pension. Being a member of a British military family, I did not expect to be challenged by DWP as to my right to claim state pension. I have over 37 years of national insurance contributions. Once upon a time my driving licence and passport stated my place of birth was RAF Rinteln. Magically, both of these on renewal now changed to just ‘Germany’.

DWP have asked for full formal documentation to confirm my British citizenship.

There are many thousands of people like myself who were born abroad, lived abroad and should not be investigated with requests for documentation to prove we are British. This is a systemic application of tick boxes on immigration that causes real delays and concerns for those involved.

Any family member of a British service family should not be required to provide extra evidence and or be subject to ‘further investigation ‘ before benefits, pensions or other entitlements are awarded, just because they were born outside, or lived outside the UK. 

 



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