News story: Seriously injured veterans to get financial support for life

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Ministry of Defence said:
In April 2013, the Ministry of Defence and Department for Work and Pensions will introduce the Armed Forces Independence Payment, a brand new benefit for members of the Armed Forces and former members of the Armed Forces who have been seriously injured as a result of their service.
In recognition of their immense sacrifice serving their country this will ensure that they receive around £7,000 in financial support every year for the rest of their life. This is in addition to the financial support they receive through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
The Government is committed to helping those that have served their nation in as many ways as possible so it has decided to put in place these special arrangements for seriously injured personnel. Rather than face separate assessments, the Armed Forces Independence Payment will ensure that seriously injured personnel continue to receive on-going payments to help with the additional costs associated with their injuries.
This is the latest measure to be announced as part of the Government’s commitment to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant so that personnel and their families are not unfairly affected by their service to their country and to ensure special consideration is given to the injured and bereaved.
Minister of State for Defence, Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Mark Francois said:
The men and women of our Armed Forces have served their country with honour and bravery so it is only right that those seriously injured by their service receive financial support to help with the additional costs associated with their injuries. So I am delighted that seriously injured serving personnel and veterans will be able to avoid the unnecessary duplication of reassessments and continue to receive disability benefits via these new arrangements. This is part of honouring the Armed Forces Covenant and I look forward to the introduction of the Armed Forces Independence Payment in April.
Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey said:
A considerable sacrifice is made by a number of courageous members of the Armed Forces who have been injured as a result of their service to the Nation. That is why we are simplifying and streamlining the welfare support for the most severely injured veterans when they return to the UK. It will help to recognise the unique support needs of veterans.
The Armed Forces Independence Payment will be an alternative to the Personal Independence Payment and is paid for by the Department for Work and Pensions. It will be distributed to the seriously injured through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and will not affect any other benefits to which claimants are entitled. However, those eligible will not be able to also receive Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance.



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Theyre making a lot out of something we were entitled to anyway.
 
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Theyre making a lot out of something we were entitled to anyway.
As a wise man once said… 'Beware slimy politicians bearing gifts'

Watch them like a hawk, as you note, they're making an awful big song and dance about giving you what you are entitled to.
You may be the political flavour of the vote winning month currently, but so were the previous disabled veterans now getting royally shafted under PIP.

Watch also a point raised on one of the Civilian disability forums… the Government, by setting service personnel up as a separate and 'more deserving' class of disabled, could use it as a weapon at a latter date to justify reviewing and cutting the more generous term of AFPIP when CIVPIP cuts become extremely unpopular and they play both sides off against the middle.
'I'm sorry bloke who lost a leg in a car crash, but that Army bloke who lost his leg crashing his landie is more deserving than you'


I wouldn't trust that 3 faced bitch McVey as far as I could throw her, and with my****ed up arms, that's **** all.
 
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It's called AFIP - Armed Forces Independent Payment. It only applies to those who were injured post 2005.

Any injured/disabled servicepersonnel currently receive DLA. This is changing to PIP which requires assessments by ATOS - an external contractor.

The government are simply saving money and embarrassment by introducing AFIP.
 
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So... for a serviceman or woman: In recognition of their immense sacrifice serving their country this will ensure that they receive around £7,000 in financial support every year for the rest of their life.

From Investor's Chronicle:

An MP's basic salary is £65,738 gross and the pension scheme pays him a pension at age 65. If he contributes to the pension at the highest rate of 13.75 per cent of salary (£9,038.97), he gets a pension of more than £13,000 after just eight years of being an MP. Importantly, this is an inflation-protected pension that pays a 50 per cent spouse's pension in the event of the MP dying.

The politician will still get a lot more simply for keeping his/her snout in the trough...although they may throw the proles a bone occasionally.

We really are overdue for a revolution...to the barricades!

:)

Rodney2q
 
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Rodders, old chap. Don't go all Daily Wail on us. This is on top of any award from the compo scheme etc. What it does do is mean that an ex serviceman gets his MOD medicals counted instead of having to front up to ATOS for re-assessment to get the new PIP benefit.
 
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Rodders, old chap. Don't go all Daily Wail on us. This is on top of any award from the compo scheme etc. What it does do is mean that an ex serviceman gets his MOD medicals counted instead of having to front up to ATOS for re-assessment to get the new PIP benefit.
Sweet,hopefully that means that pax will be awarded DLA indefinatly instead of this 1 or 2 year pish.
 
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The one positive thing about AFIP is that injured soldiers can pursue a life that involves overcoming their disabilities through sport or AT, without being punished for it with the removal of benefits.
 

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