Financial

War Pensions Scheme

War Disablement Pension

You can claim a War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme if you are no longer Serving in HM Armed Forces and your claimed disablement arose before 6 April 2005.

You can also claim under the War Pensions Scheme if you were;

  • injured or disabled through serving in Her Majesty's (HM) Armed Forces, including The Ulster Defence Regiment, now known as the Royal Irish Regiment, the Home Guard and nursing and auxiliary services;
  • a civil defence volunteer (CDV) disabled through serving as a CDV;
  • a civilian disabled as a result of enemy action in the 1939 to 1945 war;
  • a merchant seaman, a member of the naval auxiliary services or a coastguard, and you were disabled because of an injury you received or a disease suffered because of conditions during a war or because you were a prisoner-of war; or
  • a member of the Polish Forces under British Command who served in the 1939-1945 war, or in the Polish Resettlement Forces and you were injured or disabled through this service.

Where disablement was caused by Service in HM Armed Forces on or after 6th April 2005, claims should be made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Visit the website below:

SPVA Pension and Compensation Pages

War Widow's / Widower's Pension

You may be entitled to a War Widow's/Widower's Pension if;

  • your spouse's or civil partner's death was a result of their service in the HM Armed Forces prior to 6th April 2005;
  • your spouse or civil partner was a merchant seaman, a member of the naval auxiliary services, or a coastguard and their death was a result of an injury or disease they got during a war or because they were a prisoner of war;
  • your spouse's or civil partner's death was as a result of their service as a member of the Polish Forces under British command during the 1939 to 1945 war, or in the Polish Resettlement Forces;
  • your spouse or civil partner was getting a War Pensions Constant Attendance Allowance at the time of their death or would have been had they not been in hospital or they would have been entitled to the Allowance for a period of 26 weeks had they claimed; or
  • your spouse or civil partner was getting a War Disablement Pension at the 80% rate or higher and was getting Unemployability Supplement.

Further details on both schemes are available from the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency at the address below:

Survivors Benefits

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