Over 1,500 left waiting for casualty payouts

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  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/01/wirq301.xml

    So, apart from the disgracefully low sums paid out;

    "......official figures obtained by this newspaper reveal that there is a backlog of 1,570 compensation claims, dating back to the establishment of the scheme.

    With cases currently being settled at an average of 350 a year, this backlog - which is being lengthened by the high casualty rates in Iraq and Afghanistan - could take four years to clear."

    Why does that not come as a surprise

    "Douglas Young, chairman of the British Armed Forces Federation, claimed that some of his members who had asked the SPVA how they should survive while they waited for compensation had been told to go begging to military charities. "Delays are not acceptable," he said. "If the SPVA doesn't have sufficient resources now, they should be given them immediately."
  2. If payments are to be made via JPA, the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency computer system, four years to clear the backlog is optimistic given the problems over pay.

    I have friends who work for the Agency and am told morale is rock bottom with staff leaving in droves and resources not matching workloads. The SPVA have just pulled out of one site (Worthy Down) and are apparently going to leave another (Innsworth) shortly. As this is where their casualty centre (the JCCC) is based - not ideal timing and shows a lack of planning given current operations
  3. "The MoD would not say yesterday what proportion of the 1,570 claims related to soldiers on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan but it was envisaged that those constituted the majority. A spokesman said additional staff had been being taken on to deal with the increased caseload. He added that the cases included payments for minor incidents such as sporting injuries."

    So, once again, no-ones fault...we've taken on extra staff... job done then.

  4. msr

    msr LE

    Not if those to whom the DIN does not apply keep it in the public eye ;)

  5. :D Your wish is my command. Oh, and bollox :wink: