MP says they should receive same benefits as other veterans of the armed forces
Ruth Cadbury MP
This Monday (22 November), Brentford Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury MP spoke up in parliament for the Gurkha community after a recent protest in regards to their pension rights.
In her speech she mentioned the work of Hounslow’s large Gurkha community, including that of Hounslow Mayor Councillor Bishnu Gurung, who served as a staff sergeant with the Gurkhas.
Ms Cadbury also referred to the Gurkha’s campaign around pension equality, and the impact that the Government’s universal credit cut would have on many Gurkha families.
The debate was raised in Parliament after a petition reached over 100,000 signatures, demanding that Gurkhas receive the same pensions as other British veterans of the same rank and service.
In August, a group of Gurkha veterans went on a thirteen-day hunger strike outside the Ministry of Defence, only ending their strike after officials agreed to meet with the group and the Nepali ambassador.
Speaking after the debate, the MP said, “In Hounslow we’re lucky to have a large Gurkha community, who have served both in our armed forces and also play a huge role in our local civic community
“That’s why I made sure to attend this debate and urge the Government to listen to the serious concerns that many Gurkhas have raised about their pensions. I also mentioned the impact that the Governments £1,000 a week cut to Universal Credit has had, along with the rip-off immigration fees that many Gurkhas and other commonwealth veterans still face.
“It’s time the Government to show their commitment to Gurkhas across the UK who’ve given so much for our country.’’
To see the full transcript of the debate, follow the link here.
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November 26, 2021