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Armed Forces: Compensation Scheme

Volume 690: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Derek Twigg) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Armed Forces compensation scheme has been in force now for just over a year and a half. As is sensible with any new scheme, we have conducted an evaluation of its operation in the first year and to identify any emerging issues. The evaluation is now complete and copies of the report are available in the Library of the House as well as on the MoD and Veterans Agency websites. The findings show some positive outcomes from the first year, such as simpler, speedier arrangements for claimants and internal dispute procedures that result in fewer cases settled by appeal to the Pensions Appeal Tribunals. The issues identified, such as continuing to raise awareness of the scheme, will be taken forward by officials. The report recommends a fuller assessment of the Armed Forces compensation scheme after five years of operation.