If you are injured while serving in the Armed Forces, you may be entitled to financial help from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. This provides help for injuries, illnesses or deaths 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. Both schemes are run by Veterans UK, which is part of the Ministry of Defence.
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 Forces.
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 Attendance Allowance instead.
From 8 April 2013, if you have been awarded a Guaranteed Income Payment of 50% or more under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, you will be eligible to claim an Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) instead of Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance.
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 scheme.
For more information on the war pension scheme and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, see Healthcare for people injured in the Armed Forces and veterans.
For more information on benefits and other financial assistance available for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families, see Benefits and concessions for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
If you want to claim a War Pension or help from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, you should get in touch with Veterans UK. You can contact them at:
Helpline: 0808 19142180808 1914218 FREE Textphone: 0800 169 34 580800 169 34 58 FREE
You can also get advice from veterans’ organisations, for example, the Royal British Legion. You can get advice by contacting them at:
Legionline: 08457 725 72508457 725 725 Email: via the website www.britishlegion.org.uk.
You can also get advice about a War Pension or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme by consulting an experienced adviser, for example at a Citizens Advice Bureau. To search for details of your nearest CAB, including those that can give advice by e-mail, click on nearest CAB.
For more information about the help you can get if you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, see Benefits and bereavement.
Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
From 8 April 2013, if you have been seriously injured as a result of military service since April 2005, you may be entitled to financial support through an Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). If you have been awarded a Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation scheme or 50% or more, you will be eligible to claim an AFIP.
You can find more information about AFIP on the Veterans UK website at www.veterans-uk.info.
If you were injured before April 2005, and you are covered by the War Pensions Scheme, you may be able to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Attendance Allowance or, in Northern Ireland, Disability Living Allowance instead.