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TOPIC: War Pension and DLA

War Pension and DLA 7 years 11 months ago #13805

  • Gazza66
Just been awarded DLA (mobility and care) for my same illnesses which I'm also in receipt for my War Pension.
Do i have to inform War Pension people of this change of circumstance?
Many thanks to this great site for help and advice.

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Re:War Pension and DLA 7 years 11 months ago #13808

Gazza66 wrote:

Just been awarded DLA (mobility and care) for my same illnesses which I'm also in receipt for my War Pension.
Do i have to inform War Pension people of this change of circumstance?
Many thanks to this great site for help and advice.


This would normally be a post to which our moderator Pete would respond, but he is recovering from illness and may not be able to give a reply at the present time?

The general rule with social security benefits is to report all changes of circumstances as soon as possible, and I would think that the same procedure would apply to War Pensions. Accordingly, I would be inclined to disclose the fact that you have just been awarded DLA in writing, to the appropriate office.

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Re:War Pension and DLA 7 years 11 months ago #13821

  • pete17971
Hi,

CD is right, you should inform the SPVA. An award of DLA for the same condition as your War Pension will not affect your basic War Pension, however it could have an effect (normally on the DLA) if you receive certain Supplementary Allowances on top of your War Pension.

Supplementary Allowances such as War Pensioners Mobility Supplement and/or Constant Attendance Allowance do overlap with DLA (so normally only the War Pension Supplement would be payable as it is worth more than DLA - but not always!) so between the SPVA and DLA offices they should work out who will pay what to make you better off).

Regards

Pete

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Re:War Pension and DLA 7 years 11 months ago #13860

  • Gazza66
Thanks very much for your replies.

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Re:War Pension and DLA 7 years 11 months ago #13865

Can I tag onto the end of this to see if anyone (nudges Pete) knows if there's any source of info on the typical value of various disabilities on war pension eligibility. I've contacted the Legion, but they were vague. Is there a website where people chat about it? I want to claim but don't know if it's worth my while.

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Re:War Pension and DLA 7 years 10 months ago #13952

  • pete17971
Survivor wrote:

Can I tag onto the end of this to see if anyone (nudges Pete) knows if there's any source of info on the typical value of various disabilities on war pension eligibility. I've contacted the Legion, but they were vague. Is there a website where people chat about it? I want to claim but don't know if it's worth my while.


Hi,

Firstly sorry for thr delay in replying. I am currently recovering from illness up in the Dales and cannot currently get online much (it is the farms dial up connection so my useage comes secondary!).

Re your query, other than for deafness (to which special rules apply)under the War Pension Scheme there is no specific 'tariff' relating injury to percentage disability. It is a 'judgement' decision made by doctors at the SPVA based on the evidence. However you are free to ask for a review but as with most things the percentage could go down as well as up!.

There is a right of appeal against a percentage award, however my advice would be to seek advice from such as the RBL, RAFA, or Veterans Welfare Service before asking for the review.

The Legion were probably vague as without meeting you and going through your case in depth and/or obtaining independent medical advice etc, it is quite difficult to be any more specific. Also bear in mind such as the effects of aging, or any other conditions not down to your service are excluded for the SPVA's assessment.

However if you haven't applied for a War Pension and think you may be entitled, it is always worth applying if you suffered any injury whilst serving, particularly if your claim is within seven years of leaving the forces.

However, for any injuries occurring after 5th April 2005, the 'new' Armed Forces Compensation Scheme applies which has totally differing qualification, but does give a 'tariff' for injuries sustained.

The tariff is here:

www.veterans-uk.info/pdfs/afcs/tariff.pdf

If you want or need any info, please feel free to PM me and I will try to point you in the best direction.

Regards

Pete

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