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Armed Forces: War Pensions

Volume 696: debated on Tuesday 20 November 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Further to the replies by Lord Drayson on 19 June (Official Report, cols. 87-88) and 11 October (Official Report, cols. 341-43), what steps they have taken to ensure that the mistaken decision to cut the late Mr TE Walker’s war pension shortly before his death by 60 per cent is not paralleled in the treatment of other veterans of the conflict now receiving war-related pensions. [HL158]

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency strives to ensure that all decisions made are in accordance with the rules of the scheme and in accordance with the evidence. Any cases where a reduction in assessment is proposed is now subject to further check to confirm that the new decision is in line with the rules and evidence before the reduction is implemented.