Social Security Benefits: Armed Forces

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 11 September 2023.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of not including military compensation as an income on means-tested benefit applications.

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Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The department has had a number of discussions with stakeholders about the treatment of armed forces compensation payments in the benefit system and has further such discussions planned. There are already special rules in place for the treatment of these payments.

Those receiving War Disablement Pensions and guaranteed income payments made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme do not have their Universal Credit reduced to take account of this income. Pension Credit includes a weekly £10 disregard for War Pension payments. There are no plans to change these arrangements.

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