Discussion in 'Armed Forces Pension Scheme' started by Spanish_Dave, Apr 3, 2005.
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Anyone getting this, I have had to fight the last 2 years and at 40% I am still not happy
I have one what do you need to know?
yes I have one as well...50%...lots of hassle, but thats the norm I think.
If you are not happy, appeal or if you think your condition has deteriorated put in a deterioration claim.
Have you claimed for ALSO ?
Allowance for Lowered Standard of Occupation.
If your injury means that you cannot get a job of similar standing to the one you had in the Forces you can claim for this. (I don't know all the rules and conditions)
I get ALSO I'm fairly sure that it makes up the difference between your pension % already given and a 100% pension.
I don't think that if you had a 100% war pension you would get any ALSO for instance.
Please note I'm no expert on this so my info could be a bit duff.
Yes I get that and also mobility supplement, the bollox is the shit you have to go through to get it
Real ball ache and it takes so long...now if I was a lying scrounging bogus asylum seeker there'd be agencies lining up to give me money and if they didn't give me any I could always get tony liar blairs wife to represent my human rights.
exactly, the system is sh1te, I just got a questionnaire through to fill in and told them straight
I just got a letter today saying that my WP has increased to 80%, does this entitle me to anything else? I get WPMS and lower standard of occupation already
At 80% you may be able to get attendance allowance for which there are four rates. If you are unable to work you would get an unemployability supplement plus comforts allowance and an invalidity allowance that is depandent on the age you are when disabled - the older you are the less you get on this. If you get the unemployabilty supplement you may claim extra for your spouse and children. The childrens element will depend on their ages and if they are in full time education. The element for your spouse is means tested - she may be working and earning a low wage or short hours and you will still get some of it I believe.
If your house is modified for your use - it has a room especially for your use, the house has been altered to cope with your disability(not a bathroom) or for you to use a wheelchair then you may be eligable to a council tax rebate. This usually means that you will pay the amount for one band lower. If you have receipts for things that were done to the house you may be able to get a back dated rebate.
If you have medication for the war pension condition you should have an exemption certificate for the medicines you require for your condition.
If your spouse is working more than 16 hours a week you may be entitled to tax credits. Your Army pension will be included in the calculation for this but you do not have to declare your war pension as it is not counted
That's all I can think of at present, hope it helps.
Thank you very much for your help
Does anyone have any experience of the Veterans Agency in their assessing of people after they have had an operation due to an injury which is/was Attributable to Service. I am presently at 50% and very shortly going to have my hip replaced either lined or a total new hip joint. Dont know what yet till they open me up. Obviously from a financial point of view I dont want to lose the percentage that Iam presently at. An increase would be nice though.! But do they view the operated person "fit" after the operation? I am in receipt of ALSO and WPMS and feel justified to appeal (again as I have done a few years back at Tribunal and got up to 50% from 40%). I and possibly many other "Vets" are a little afraid of appealing as we feel that the MOD are a little tight with the money or compensation as it should be and I for one feel that I should be on a much higher level of assessment percentage wise.
Nigeats, You say you are about to undergo an operation to replace your hip etc. Firstly what is your condition that warrants a replacement? My reason for asking is, I am in receipt of a war pension at 50% plus ALSO and WPMS. and I will not let them operate on me for my accepted condition of Avascular Necrosis in my left hip. I applied for a war pension increase for Osteoarthritis in my right hip, but was knocked back because they are saying that the OA is a degenerative disease thus not service related. Will your operation be classified as an improvement in your condition and will your WP be reduced accordingly.
tartanjock, is that the general rule for osteoarthritis? it has just been "diagnosed" in both my knees - despite having no familiy history of it whatsoever going back as far as both sets of grandparents (they said it is largely genetic).
i was suspicious at the time of the diagnosis, as i felt they were rather keen to blame OA - and ignored the fact i have been running and playing basketball for the last 16 years in the army, trashing my knees to bits in the process.
are they just being wise and trying to head off a potential claim for war pension when i leave? it was not my unit MO but specialists from another unit...
CR, When I asked for a review back a few years ago I was refused on the grounds that they (VA) stated that my condition in my hip was OA and unconnected to service.I appealed their decision and went to a PAT and again I was knocked back for an increase dispite me being injured whislt parachuting in the Paras.Theyaccepted that I did have the accidents but they put my OA down to age related condition.I wonder if anyone else on ARRSE has OA and do they get a War Pension for this condition. The condition has been accepted by the Benefits Agency as a condition for benefits but not by the VA.
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