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Armed Forces to get greater injury compensation

  • Published: Thursday, 10 March 2011

Members of the Armed Forces who are injured during service will receive on average 25 per cent more compensation following changes to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Changes to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

Who is eligible, how much you can get and how to claim

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme pays a tax-free lump sum for injuries due to service. The most seriously injured are given a tax-free, index-linked Guaranteed Income Payment for life.

Following a review of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, compensation awards are to be increased by an average of 25 per cent. This is to better reflect the lasting impact of injuries on future likely promotions and on the ability to work up to age 65.

The increase will apply to all lump sum award payments - except the top award which was recently doubled to £570,000.

Other changes to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme include:

  • nearly tripling the maximum award for mental illness from £48,875 to £140,000 in order to better reflect the impact of the most serious mental health conditions
  • a new independent medical expert group to advise on compensation for specific, relevant illnesses and injuries such as hearing loss and mental health
  • a fresh approach to awarding compensation for multiple injuries, whereby all injuries sustained will receive some compensation

All Armed Forces personnel who have already received an award under the scheme since its introduction in 2005 will have their case automatically revisited and will get an increase based on the new award levels.

Andrew Robathan, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, said: "I am determined to ensure the care and support we give both our injured Service personnel and our veterans is the best possible.

"Crucially, nobody will lose out as a result of these changes - indeed, nearly all will receive an uplift to the amount they received."

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