Honour The Covenant

#1
Mate of mine finally got a reply from his MP about stuff he had been writing to his MP about. The reply included copies of letters from SoS - Defence with a copy of 'Military Covenant Factsheet'

He started reading it (several pages) and got to the following paragraph....

'Much pf the public concern regarding the scheme centred on the tragic case of Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson who was seriously injured in Afghanistan. Parts of the media compared the compensation paid to him with that paid to a former "RAF Typist" who it was said had RSI. Compensation in the latter case was not paid under AFCS and the SAWomans injuries were more serious than RSI, she may never work again. The compensation steelement included elements in respct of pain and suffering and an assessment of loss of earnings, loss of pension and her legal costs. L/Bdr Parkinson will receive a tax free, inflation proof monthly Guaranteed Income Payment for life, as well as a lump sum that will reflect the findings of the review of the arrangements for those with multiple serious injuries. The amount received is not capped unlike the Criminal Injury Scheme

Time Limits for claiming compensation are a particular concern raised by the RBL. Contary to some media reporting, claimants have 5 years to submit claims under the AFCS (This compares with 3 years under the civil litigation cases.) There is also provision to extend the time limits for claiming for certain late onset illnesses and in situations where the claimant has been unable to submit a claim due to illness
'

Now a couple of points my mate asked about were
1 - Is L/Bdr Parkinson expected to work again ??
2 - Do we assume that the RAF Personnels payment was under CIS and if so, why was it considered an Criminal Injury???


The whole Covenant document is 10 sides of A4 so not putting it here but it does cover other things besides and makes interesting reading.....
 
#3
ukdaytona said:
Mate of mine finally got a reply from his MP about stuff he had been writing to his MP about. The reply included copies of letters from SoS - Defence with a copy of 'Military Covenant Factsheet'

He started reading it (several pages) and got to the following paragraph....

'Much pf the public concern regarding the scheme centred on the tragic case of Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson who was seriously injured in Afghanistan. Parts of the media compared the compensation paid to him with that paid to a former "RAF Typist" who it was said had RSI. Compensation in the latter case was not paid under AFCS and the SAWomans injuries were more serious than RSI, she may never work again. The compensation steelement included elements in respct of pain and suffering and an assessment of loss of earnings, loss of pension and her legal costs. L/Bdr Parkinson will receive a tax free, inflation proof monthly Guaranteed Income Payment for life, as well as a lump sum that will reflect the findings of the review of the arrangements for those with multiple serious injuries. The amount received is not capped unlike the Criminal Injury Scheme

Time Limits for claiming compensation are a particular concern raised by the RBL. Contary to some media reporting, claimants have 5 years to submit claims under the AFCS (This compares with 3 years under the civil litigation cases.) There is also provision to extend the time limits for claiming for certain late onset illnesses and in situations where the claimant has been unable to submit a claim due to illness
'

Now a couple of points my mate asked about were
1 - Is L/Bdr Parkinson expected to work again ??
2 - Do we assume that the RAF Personnels payment was under CIS and if so, why was it considered an Criminal Injury???


The whole Covenant document is 10 sides of A4 so not putting it here but it does cover other things besides and makes interesting reading.....
So, are we to gather from this that the SACW will never work again in her lifetime, and as that sum is to cover loss of earnings, she will never make a claim on the benefit system ???????
The only CRIMINAL part of this is the fact that there are people who have lost more than a thumb and still lead a productive life. I find it strange that the idea of becoming a soldier, then expect to be injured, it's part of the job. Surely, become a typist and expect to recieve RSI.
 
#4
ukdaytona said:
Mate of mine finally got a reply from his MP about stuff he had been writing to his MP about. The reply included copies of letters from SoS - Defence with a copy of 'Military Covenant Factsheet'

He started reading it (several pages) and got to the following paragraph....

'Much pf the public concern regarding the scheme centred on the tragic case of Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson who was seriously injured in Afghanistan. Parts of the media compared the compensation paid to him with that paid to a former "RAF Typist" who it was said had RSI. Compensation in the latter case was not paid under AFCS and the SAWomans injuries were more serious than RSI, she may never work again. The compensation steelement included elements in respct of pain and suffering and an assessment of loss of earnings, loss of pension and her legal costs. L/Bdr Parkinson will receive a tax free, inflation proof monthly Guaranteed Income Payment for life, as well as a lump sum that will reflect the findings of the review of the arrangements for those with multiple serious injuries. The amount received is not capped unlike the Criminal Injury Scheme

Time Limits for claiming compensation are a particular concern raised by the RBL. Contary to some media reporting, claimants have 5 years to submit claims under the AFCS (This compares with 3 years under the civil litigation cases.) There is also provision to extend the time limits for claiming for certain late onset illnesses and in situations where the claimant has been unable to submit a claim due to illness
'

Now a couple of points my mate asked about were
1 - Is L/Bdr Parkinson expected to work again ??
2 - Do we assume that the RAF Personnels payment was under CIS and if so, why was it considered an Criminal Injury???


The whole Covenant document is 10 sides of A4 so not putting it here but it does cover other things besides and makes interesting reading.....
Unlike some less fortunate she still has all her limbs. Maybe reduced use in one however are you telling me she can never work again. My fecking hoop!
 
#5
I know the content has been mentioned elsewhere but this email received from the RBL yesterday:

Dear Supporter,

I wrote to you back in January to tell you what your letters and emails have achieved.

The powerful Commons Defence Committee published a report in February which supports a number of the demands of the 'Honour the Covenant' campaign. You can read the full report here or the summary here.

There is more to do, however.

I thought I should use this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about one specific recommendation of the campaign: support for bereaved families. It is particularly relevant. This email reaches you after a coroner's inquest into a Hercules crash, which occured in Iraq in January 2005, has been delayed until October.

Inquests can be very confusing for families, and solicitors can be very expensive. Currently government money for legal representation for families who have lost loved ones on operations is only available in 'exceptional cases'. In contrast, all cases where someone has died in prison, or in police custody, get the money automatically.

We are demanding that Service families should be provided with legal advice and representation during inquests at public expense.

You can help now by emailing your MP. If you want more information, click here.

Yours

Patrick Leavey

Head of Public Affairs
The Royal British Legion

48 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JY

www.britishlegion.org.uk
 

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