Three former Nepalese Gurkhas challenged the British government's pensions policy, which they said had left them struggling to survive, in the High Court in London. Their case relates to an offer made by the British defence ministry in March 2007 to transfer pensions' benefits from the existing scheme for Gurkhas, the Gurkha Pension Scheme, into the more mainstream Armed Forces Pension Schemes (AFPS). The ministry offered to transfer the value of the GPS pensions into the AFPS for periods of military service after July 1, 1997, which lawyers for the trio argue unfairly prejudices older retiring Gurkhas, whose service was primarily before that date. Lawyers for the ministry insist, however, that its conduct has been neither irrational nor discriminatory, as the Gurkhas' lawyers argue.