War Pensions

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th July 2019.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour/Co-operative, Islwyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the war pensions scheme for injured veterans.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The War Pension Scheme (WPS) is kept under continual review to ensure that the scheme is fit for purpose. War Pensions payments and associated allowances are uprated annually to protect against rising prices. In April 2019, rates for Financial Year 2019-20 increased by 2.4% in line with the September 2018 Consumer Price Index.

It remains the case that any veteran who believes they have suffered ill-health or injury due to service in the Armed Forces before 6 April 2005 is eligible to claim no-fault compensation under the WPS, which has no time limits and with the benefit of reasonable doubt always given to the claimant.

Decisions are medically certified and follow consideration of service and medical evidence and carry full rights of appeal to an independent tribunal. Where the evidence supports a causal link to service, entitlement will be given.

The WPS also includes dependant benefits, which can be substantial over a period of time.

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