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Armed Forces: Disability Living Allowance

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for disability allowance have been refused under (a) the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and (b) the War Pension Scheme in each of the last 10 years. (203987)

A total of 5,475 disablement pension claims have been rejected under the War Pensions Scheme between 1 April 2001 and 31 December 2007. Figures are presented by financial year in table 1. Data are available in the format required only as far back as the financial year 2001-02.

A total of 1,650 compensation claims have been rejected under the Armed Forces and Reserves Compensation Scheme between its introduction on 6 April 2005 and 31 December 2007. Figures are presented by financial year in table 2.

Table 1: Rejected war pensions claims, each financial year since 2001-02

War Pensions Scheme

Financial year

Rejections

2001-02

925

2002-03

895

2003-04

850

2004-05

825

2005-06

815

2006-07

715

April 2007 to December 2007

450

Table 2: Rejected armed forces compensation claims, each financial year since the AFCS scheme was introduced

Armed Forces Pension Scheme

Financial year

Rejections

2005-06

165

2006-07

745

April 2007 to December 2007

740