As you are probably aware if a pension sharing order is issued against the Armed Forces Pension Scheme then the former spouse must take up shadow membership.

The former spouse is referred to as the Pension Credit Member (PCM).

However we have found recently that the letters that are being issued by the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency (SPVA) seem to be causing some confusion as to when the pension credit can be paid from.

In their letter SPVA refer to the Pension Credit Member receiving benefits from the statutory minimum pension age of 60 for Orders made on or before 5th April 2006 and 65 for Orders made on or after 6th April 2006.

Some are interpreting this as meaning that the benefits cannot be paid before this age, however it is possible for the Pension Credit Member to apply for early payment at any age after 55, however the benefits will be reduced to allow for early payment.

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