War Pensions Scheme

You can claim a War Disablement Pension if you suffered an injury or illness on or before 5 April 2005 and it's linked to your Service in the Armed Forces.

You do not need to have served in a war, and there is no time limit on making a claim, but you do have to wait until you have left the Service. 

You may also be entitled to a War Disablement Pension if you were injured or disabled: 

While serving in the Merchant Navy, the Coastguard Service, the Nursing Service and the Home Guard

While serving in the Polish forces under British command during the Second World War

While serving as a civil defence volunteer

As a prisoner of war

As a result of enemy action in the Second World War (as a civilian). 

How we can help

The Legion can help beneficiaries to claim under the War Pensions Scheme.

We provide advice and information and can represent you at a tribunal for free, if you want to take further action.

We can also give advice about supplementary allowances linked to War Disablement Pensions, such as Mobility Supplement and Constant Attendance Allowance.

Face-to-face advice

As well as helping you over the phone and by email we can also meet you to discuss your situation.

We have a team of specialists who hold a number of local clinics at Legion county offices who will help you with your claim.


For a claim form, help with an Appeals Tribunal or for general advice, freephone us on 0808 802 8080, or emailinfo@britishlegion.org.uk    

Please note that if your injury or illness happened on or after 6 April 2005 then your claim is assessed under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

For Service Pension enquiries, please ring the SPVA (JPAC Enquiry Centre) on 0800 085 3600 or write to:
JPAC Enquiry Centre, Mila Point 465, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX


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