Armed Forces Compensation Scheme improved

The period in which personnel injured in service can claim compensation is to rise from five to seven years from point of diagnosis as part of a series of changes to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

The change, which will come into effect on 3 August 2010, is one of several to be introduced following the recommendations from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Review, carried out by former Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral the Lord Boyce last year, and to which Rum Ration members were given the opportunity to contribute.

The majority of these improvements require legislative amendment to the Scheme and will be implemented by February 2011, but some changes can be made more quickly and will take effect from 3 August 2010.

These improvements include:

* An increase in the maximum level of Bereavement Grant from £20,000 to £25,000 to reflect the increase in Armed Forces pay since 2005
* An increase in the maximum level of Bereavement Grant for reservists who are not members of a reserve forces pension scheme to £37,500, to help bring their benefits in line with their regular forces colleagues
* An uplift of the majority of awards for hearing loss by one tariff level.

Awards already made since April 2005 will be automatically revisited and will receive an uplift after all recommendations have been put into legislation.

Due to the complexity involved in revisiting such a large number of previous awards, this process will take time, but all additional payments are expected to be made by June 2012.

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The Review of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme can be found here

This was posted by the Ministry of Defence.