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Armed Forces: Pensions

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) eligible and (b) likely to file cases for review under the revised arrangements for the Armed Forces Pension Compensation scheme. (319455)

[holding answer 1 March 2010]: All those personnel in receipt of an award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (some 5,500 as at September 2009) will have their cases reviewed to ensure their awards reflect the recommendations made by Lord Boyce's review, which the Government have agreed to implement in full. There will therefore be no need for individuals to file their cases for review as the MOD will automatically conduct case reviews and contact all previous claimants to inform them of the increased benefits they will receive. We are committed to implementing the legislative changes arising from the review of the scheme within a year. Individual awards will be re-examined once the new legislation is in place. All new claimants under the scheme will, of course, benefit from the improvements being made in the same way.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) complaints and (b) requests for clarification on the taxation of war pensions his Department has received from former service personnel in the last two years. (319944)

War disablement pensions are not taxable and recipients of war disablement pensions are not affected by the recent issuing, by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, of incorrect tax code notices to recipients of attributable pensions under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme.

Information on the number of complaints and requests for clarification made to the Ministry of Defence on the tax code issue is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.