Make sure you are claiming what you deserve

NORTH East MSP Alex Johnstone is urging those bereaved through military service to ensure that they are claiming all of their entitlements under the War Pension Scheme.

Mr Johnstone explained: “A war widow’s or widower’s pension can be paid where a late spouse’s or civil partner’s death was as a result of service before April 6, 2005.

“Many people are unaware that new claims can still be made. Prior to 2005, a war widow could not keep her pension if she married again. This remains the case in some instances, but many people may be unaware that where a pension had ceased due to remarriage or living with a new partner, war widows can reclaim their pension if that relationship ends.”

Mr Johnstone concluded: “More information is available from the Veterans-UK helpline on 0800 169 2277.”

Supporting apprenticeships

MODERN apprentices are vital to the future of the electrical engineering industry in Scotland, stresses Arbroath’s Finesse Control Systems managing director Fraser Dunphy who is backing Skills Development Scotland’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 21 to 25).

He explained: “Being able to ‘grow our own’ apprentices through the Modern Apprenticeship Programme, supported by Skills Development Scotland, is perfect.”

Apprentice Craig Muchan (19), Carnoustie, joined Finesse straight from school. He said: “After sixth year, I knew I’d much rather learn on the job and since I started my modern apprenticeship here I have worked on a variety of interesting projects.”

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