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War Pensions

Volume 890: debated on Monday 21 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the disablement allowances for war disabled Service personnel were last reviewed; and what is the total sum now paid per week to an ex-private soldier, his wife, and each child where the ex-soldier suffered 100 per cent. disablement.

The most recent review resulted in higher rates of disablement pension and allowances payable from 7th April 1975. An ex-private soldier who is 100 per cent. disabled now receives £19·50 a week for himself and wife and 37½p for each child. If he is unemployable, he receives an additional £19·30 a week for himself and wife, £5·65 for his first child, and £4·15 for each other child. Supplementary allowances such as constant attendance allowance, invalidity allowance and comforts allowance may also be payable. All these allowances are free of tax.