To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrears payments have been made by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency to dependants of war pensions who were over the age of retirement, in receipt of the unemployability supplement and who died between 8 April 2006 and 6 April 2008; and [HL5503]
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many war pensioners over the age of retirement or their dependants are entitled to payment of arrears of their unemployability supplement from the war pension scheme; what measures they have taken to ensure that such people are aware of their entitlement to arrears; what measures they have taken to establish whether any such payments are outstanding; what assessment they have made of the amount of arrears; what measures they have taken to ensure that persons entitled to payment of arrears have received them; and whether there is a deadline for persons entitled to payment of arrears to claim them. [HL5504]
As I advised my noble friend in the Answer I gave on 5 October 2009 (Official Report, col. WA 462), no arrears of payment of unemployability supplement were made by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency as a result of this change. Any arrears that accrued would have been for state pension, which falls within the responsibilities of the Department for Work and Pensions, and which does not hold this information.
Details of the number of war pensioners to whom arrears were paid and the amounts involved when legislation was changed in 2006 to permit this are not held, and corporate knowledge of any measures taken at that time to ensure that personnel were made aware of this entitlement no longer exists. If my noble friend is aware of any war pensioners who have not received the correct state pension payment as a result of this issue, I shall, subject to the provisions of their personal details, be happy to arrange for their cases to be investigated by the Department for Work and Pensions.