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Introduce better compensation for armed forces

Last updated: 02:28pm 1 January 2019

We will introduce better compensation for injured armed forces personnel and the families of those killed in combat.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.41

Our verdict

There are a number of different compensation schemes for armed forces veterans. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) applies to those who were injured after 6 April 2005, and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS) applies to those who are no longer serving and whose injury was caused by serving before 6 April 2005.

Under this government, the Ministry of Defence published a ‘One Year On’ Report of its Quinquennial Review of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (QQR) in 2018. It announced that ministerial agreement had been given to amend the AFCS legislation from April 2018 to:

  • Uplift of the top tariff level 1 award from £570,00 to £650,000
  • Increase the cap on the cumulative lump sum for multiple awards from £570,000 to £650,000
  • Uprate the other lump sum tariff awards for inflation in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), announced in the Autumn Statement in November 2017

In the War Pensions Scheme, the payout has increased yearly in line with the CPI since 2015, except for 2016, as the CPI had fallen that year.

The QQR proposal to uprate lump sum awards annually by CPI was not accepted by the MoD, and a proposal for a Supplementary Exceptional Award is still under discussion.

However, compensation has increased for the highest tariff bands (most severe injuries), which includes payments to families of deceased personnel. So if we agree that “better compensation” is “increased compensation”, we can say this policy is ‘done.’

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