Insult to injury
Thanks to our successful campaign, since April 2017, military compensation is no longer taken to cover injured veterans’ social care costs in Great Britain, benefiting at least 4,000 veterans.
Following English, Welsh and Scottish Government announcements in 2015, injured veterans in England, Scotland and Wales will no longer have to surrender most of their military compensation to pay for their social care from 2017.
By contacting their MPs about this issue, our supporters were instrumental in persuading their 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.
Injured veterans Treated unfairly
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.
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.
We are delighted that from April 2017, injured veterans in England, Scotland and Wales will no longer have to surrender most of their military compensation to pay for their social care.