Compensation boost for severely injured troops

#1
From today's Sunday Telegraph. Not a formal Government announcement, and changes to the AFCS would need subordinate legislation, but a step in the right direction.

Compensation boost for severely injured troops
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent

British troops who have suffered severe injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan are to receive much greater compensation, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

The move follows mounting criticism over the decision to pay troops with life-changing injuries - such as brain damage or the loss of limbs - a fraction of the amounts awarded to civilians with similar injuries.

A private paralysed from the neck down is entitled currently to a maximum lump-sum payment of £285,000, together with an annual income of £20,000, under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. A civilian who sustained similar injuries in a car accident could expect to be awarded at least £2 million.

It is thought the new, improved payments - which will be welcomed by campaigners and the families of injured soldiers - could push up the lump sum by as much as three times.

The move was disclosed to this newspaper by General Sir David Richards, the Army's second most senior officer, who said that the Government "shares the view that the compensation package is not quite right".

Gen Richards, giving his first interview as commander-in-chief of land forces, added: "I can reassure you that there is an acceptance in the Ministry of Defence, not just in the military, that this whole area needs re-examination." ...
Gen Richards, who was appointed to his new post in February and is responsible for the care of all wounded soldiers, also revealed that:

• The war in Iraq left many in the Army "despondent";

• British Forces could be in Afghanistan for 30 years, and

• Ten thousand extra Nato troops are needed in southern Afghanistan.

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#2
Its a start, but not enough.

Is it too much to ask to be treated the same as all other UK citizens when it comes to compensation for injuries sustained?
 
#3
Why oh why oh why oh why are damaged soldiers only worth 200,000 /600,000 and a damaged civvie 2 million....is the General known as being a master of understatement?

The move was disclosed to this newspaper by General Sir David Richards, the Army's second most senior officer, who said that the Government "shares the view that the compensation package is not quite right".

Wonder whether he might murmur 'not quite right' if his paymasters screw up his pension.....god give me strength!!!!
 
#4
hackle said:
Gen Richards, who was appointed to his new post in February and is responsible for the care of all wounded soldiers, also revealed that:

• The war in Iraq left many in the Army "despondent";

• British Forces could be in Afghanistan for 30 years, and

• Ten thousand extra Nato troops are needed in southern Afghanistan.
For those who don't already know General Richards is an ARRSER.
 

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#5
I bet he's really happy with you blowing his cover
 

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