Insult to Injury
Veterans injured during Service can have most of their compensation taken to cover the cost of their social care. Military compensation is awarded as recompense for the pain and suffering experienced by injured Service personnel and veterans; it should not be treated as normal income.
Following the Chancellor’s budget announcement on 16 March 2016, we're delighted that from 2017, injured veterans in England will no longer have to surrender most of their military compensation to pay for their social care.
By contacting their MPs about this issue, our supporters were instrumental in persuading the Government to protect injured veterans’ compensation payments. Thank you to everyone who gave their support; the new changes really will make a huge difference to thousands of injured veterans just like Keith and Fred.
While we welcome the Government’s latest announcement, it will only benefit injured veterans in England. This creates an uneven playing field across the UK, and our campaign will continue to make sure this is addressed.
Injured veterans are being unfairly treated
Veterans injured in Service before 5 April 2005 receive a War Disablement Pension in compensation. Yet, unlike civilians, if these veterans have or develop social care needs, they find that most of their compensation is taken to pay for their care.
Military compensation is rightly exempt from other financial assessments for statutory benefits, including Universal Credit and Council Tax Support. In England and Wales, compensation awarded to veterans injured after 6 April 2005 is also exempt from financial assessments for social care support. What’s more, civilians who have been injured in the work place, and who receive personal injury compensation, are able to keep all of their award if they need help with their care.
This is unfair and needs to change.
Despite recent announcements in England and Wales to address this in coming years, unfair disparities still exist across the UK. We believe that all veterans, regardless of when they were injured or where they now live, should be able to retain the compensation that is rightfully theirs.
If you’re affected by the current rules, or know someone who is, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.