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2016 war pensions and allowance rates

The Ministry of Defence has announced the rates of pensions and allowances payable under the War Pensions Scheme from April 2016.

Image of Money, copyright GordonBell Photography
Image of Money, copyright GordonBell Photography

It’s established practice to change these rates annually each April in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation figure calculated the previous September.

The CPI figure for September 2015 was negative (-0.1%) and so it’s been decided that from April 2016, WPS pensions and allowances will remain the same as the 2015 rates. This approach is consistent with the rates of disability benefits paid by the Department for Work and Pensions.

There has, however, been a small increase in the level of earnings that a war pensioner can receive before certain allowances for employment difficulties are affected. This is known as the ‘theraputic earnings limit’ and increases to £5,590 per year from 11 April 2016.

The confirmed rates of pensions and allowances are shown below.

War Pensions Rates

  Rates(£) Rates(£)
(Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) 2015 2016
War Pensions    
Disablement Pension (100% rates)    
officer (£ per annum) 9,298.00 9,298.00
other ranks (weekly amount) 178.20 178.20
Age allowances payable from age 65    
40% to 50% 11.95 11.95
over 50% but not over 70% 18.35 18.35
over 70% but not over 90% 26.10 26.10
over 90% 36.70 36.70
Disablement gratuity (one-off payment)    
specified minor injury (min) 1,136.00 1,136.00
specified minor injury (max) 8,474.00 8,474.00
1 to 5% gratuity 2,834.00 2,834.00
6 to 14% gratuity 6,300.00 6,300.00
15 to 19% gratuity 11,018.00 11,018.00
Supplementary Allowances (weekly)    
Unemployability Allowance    
Personal 110.10 110.10
Adult dependency increase 61.20 61.20
Increase for first child 14.20 14.20
Increase for subsequent children 16.75 16.75
Invalidity Allowance    
higher rate 21.80 21.80
middle rate 14.20 14.20
lower rate 7.10 7.10
Constant Attendance Allowance    
exceptional rate 134.40 134.40
intermediate rate 100.80 100.80
full day rate 67.20 67.20
part-day rate 33.60 33.60
Comforts Allowance    
higher rate 28.90 28.90
lower rate 14.45 14.45
Mobility supplement 64.15 64.15
Allowance for lowered standard of occupation (max) 67.20 67.20
Therapeutic Earnings Limit (annual rate) 5,408.00 5,590.00
Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance 67.20 67.20
Severe Disablement Occupational Allowance 33.60 33.60
Clothing Allowance (annual rate) 230.00 230.00
Education Allowance (annual rate) (max) 120.00 120.00
Widow(er)s Benefits    
Widow(er)s’ - other ranks (basic with children) (weekly amount) 135.15 135.15
Widow(er) - Officer higher rate both wars (basic with children) (£ per annum) 7,187.00 7,187.00
Childless widow(er)s’ u-40 (other ranks) (weekly amount) 32.37 32.37
Widow(er) – Officer lower rate both wars (£ per annum) 2,496.00 2,496.00
Supplementary Pension 90.41 90.41
Age Allowance    
(a) age 65 to 69 15.40 15.40
(b) age 70 to 79 29.60 29.60
(c) age 80 and over 43.90 43.90
Children’s Allowance    
Increase for first child 21.20 21.20
Increase for subsequent children 23.75 23.75
Orphan’s pension    
Increase for first child 24.25 24.25
Increase for subsequent children 26.55 26.55
Unmarried dependant living as spouse (max) 132.80 132.80
Rent Allowance (max) 50.90 50.90
Adult orphan’s pension (max) 103.85 103.85
Published 15 December 2015