Social Security Benefits: Veterans

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2017.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of armed forces veterans in receipt of disability and work-related benefits.

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At 31 October 2017, there are 9801 recipients of Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). AFIP, developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence and introduced from April 2013, is designed to provide financial support to service personnel and veterans seriously injured as a result of service to cover the extra costs they may have as a result of their injury.

The information requested in relation to other disability and work-related benefits is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.


1 Clerical data, rounded to the nearest 10.

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