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Ex-servicemen: Compensation

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints about the outcomes of claims for (a) war disablement pension and (b) compensation for injuries or illness incurred during service in the armed forces his Department has received in each year since 2000. (268672)

Complaints about the outcomes of claims under the War Pension Scheme (WPS) are known as appeals. It is not possible to provide information on appeals against outcomes of claims for war disablement pensions for 2000 as electronic records are only held back to 2001. For the period 2001-08, 21,895 appeals were registered under the WPS. A breakdown of appeals registered by calendar year is provided in the following table.

Appeals1, 2

Total

21,895

2001

3,870

2002

3,360

2003

2,845

2004

2,590

2005

2,355

2006

2,675

2007

2,225

2008

1,980

1 Appeals include disablement pensioner entitlement appeals and assessment appeals.

2 Figures have been rounded to the nearest five, totals may not add due to rounding.

Complaints about the outcomes of claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) are known as reconsiderations and appeals. Between the start of the scheme, 6 April 2005 and 31 December 2008, there have been 855 reconsiderations and 370 appeals made at the First Tier Tribunal under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). A breakdown of reconsiderations and appeals by calendar year is provided in the following table.

Reconsiderations1, 2

Appeals2

Total

855

370

6 April 2005 to 31 December 2005

0

0

2006

80

25

2007

200

80

2008

575

265

1 Includes reconsiderations and reconsiderations carried out as part of the appeal process; if an appeal is requested before a reconsideration has taken place, then a reconsideration will automatically be registered on behalf of the claimant.

2 Figures have been rounded to the nearest five, totals may not add due to rounding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of unsuccessful claimants for (a) war disablement pensions and (b) compensation for injuries or illness incurred during service in the armed forces made a subsequent claim in each of the last three years. (268673)

Between 2006-08 there were 2,210 unsuccessful war disablement pension claims under the War Pension Scheme (WPS). The percentage of unsuccessful claimants who have subsequently registered a new claim under the WPS by calendar year is provided in the table. It is not possible to identify whether claimants that have made a subsequent claim have claimed for the same condition.

Between 2006-08 there were 2,210 unsuccessful war disablement pension claims under the War Pension Scheme (WPS). The percentage of unsuccessful claimants who have subsequently registered a new claim under the WPS by calendar year is provided in the table. It is not possible to identify whether claimants that have made a subsequent claim have claimed for the same condition.

Year1,2

Percentage

2006

1.0

2007

0.5

2008

0.6

1 Year in which unsuccessful war disablement claim was determined. Subsequent claims may have occurred in a following calendar year; data only available up to 31 December 2008.

2 Claims include current invaliding and first claims.

Between 2006-08 there were 2,935 unsuccessful claims for compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). The percentage of unsuccessful claimants who have subsequently registered a new claim under the AFCS by calendar year is provided in the table.

Year1,2

Percentage

2006

5.0

2007

8.4

2008

9.0

1 Year in which unsuccessful claim for compensation was determined. Subsequent claims may have occurred in a following calendar year; data only available up to 31 December 2008.

2 Claims include injury claims and additional claims.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of time taken by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and its predecessors to deal with cases relating to (a) war disablement pensions and (b) compensation for injuries or illness incurred during service in the armed forces was in each year since 2000. (268674)

The average length of time taken to deal with cases relating to war disablement pensions and compensation for injuries or illness incurred during service in the armed forces is provided in the table. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme began in April 2005 and no performance measurement was made for the first year.

Number of days for average clearance

War disablement pension

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme1

2000-01

92

n/a

2001-02

73

n/a

2002-03

63

n/a

2003-04

61

n/a

2004-05

57

n/a

2005-06

52

2n/a

2006-07

49

43

2007-08

50

64

1 Figures for 2008-09 are not yet available.

2 No AFCS performance measurement was made in the first year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (a) referred to and (b) received from the Department for Work and Pensions in each year since 2007. (268675)

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) via their Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) will offer advice to veterans on possible eligibility to a range of other benefits some from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). VWS monitor the outcome of their advice with DWP.

The number of cases referred to by the VWS to the DWP is provided in the table.

Number of cases

January-December 2007

744

January-December 2008

573

January-February 2009

68

Note:

Figures for March 2009 are not yet available.

However, SPVA have no formal process whereby they receive cases from the DWP, and therefore no data can be provided on this issue.