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You might be able to get financial help from the Armed Forces
Compensation Scheme if you suffer from illness or injury caused by
service in the armed forces on or after 6 April 2005. If the
period of service which caused your illness or disability was
before this date, you can get help from the War Pension scheme.
Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) (link opens in a new
window), which is part of the Ministry of Defence, runs
both these schemes.
You do not have to have fought in a war or seen active service
to get financial help from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, as
long as you are injured or disabled because of serving in the armed
If you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner and your
partner died as a result of service in the armed forces, or was
getting a war pension or help from the compensation scheme when
they died, you may also be able to get financial help from the
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. For more information about other
help you can get if you are a widow, widower or surviving civil
partner, see Benefits for
people who are Bereaved and Bereavement.
These payments do not depend on your income or savings.
But payments might affect other means-tested benefits like Income Support or Housing
Benefit (England, Wales, Scotland) and Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland). Other
benefits like Disability Living Allowance
are not affected by the scheme.
You may get weekly payments or a lump sum depending on which
scheme covers you and whether your earnings are likely to be
reduced because of your condition.
The amount you get will depend on how severely you have been
hurt or disabled and how your earnings are affected. Under
the War Pension scheme, you can also get extra allowances, for
example, if you have care needs or mobility problems. You
cannot get these under the compensation scheme, but you may be able
to get Disability Living Allowance or
Attendance Allowance instead.
If you want to claim a War Pension or help from the Armed Forces
Compensation Scheme, you should get in touch with the Service
Personnel and Veterans Agency to get a claim form. They will
help you fill it in. You can call their helpline on: 0800 169
2277. You can also download a claim form (link
opens in a new window PDF file size 160kb) from the
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency website.
The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency has a helpline on:
0800 169 22 77.
You can find more information about the War Pension and Armed Forces
Compensation schemes (link opens in a new window) on the
Veterans UK website.
Directgov, the government website (link opens in a new window)
, has more information about benefits if you have been injured by
service in the Armed Forces
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This information has been produced by Citizens Advice.
Last updated: 12 May 2009
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