The new joint initiative from the Ministry of Defence and the Treasury will address old rules in which a cohort of bereaved spouses, civil partners and eligible partners forfeited their pensions if they remarried or cohabited before 2015.
Dr Andrew Murrison, Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families, said: 'Our war widows have made a great sacrifice for our country and we will continue to support them in every way we can.
'This payment is a small but important step towards continuing to honour the commitment we have made to these brave people and we will continue to ensure they receive the recognition and support they deserve.”
The scheme and one-off payment are designed to support those whose spouses’ death was attributable to service. The application window, open later this year, will remain open for two years, with support for applicants provided by the Veterans UK Call Centre. The Veterans Welfare Service will help those who require emotional support.
John Glen, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: 'The legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country endures and it’s only right that we honour that service by doing right by their loved ones.
'This government will always stand behind our armed forces, their families and veterans and this payment is a token of our continued commitment to them.'
This recognition payment is appropriate under the Armed Forces Covenant. A key principle of the covenant is that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given so much, such as the injured and the bereaved.
The scheme will be up and running later this year and all those who are eligible are strongly encouraged to apply.
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