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War Pension Scheme payments increases from April 2015

The new rates of pensions and allowances payable under the War Pensions Scheme from 6 April 2015 have now been announced and are set out in the tables below.

The rates have been increased by 1.2 per cent, in line with the September 2014 Consumer Prices Index (CPI) figure.

Those currently getting a War Pension or War Widows(er)’s Pension will receive a letter confirming their new pension details before April.

For more information on the War Pension Scheme and other compensation payable for injuries, illnesses or disablement related to service, please see https://www.gov.uk/claim-for-injury-received-while-serving.

War Disablement Pension

Other ranks (Payable on a Wednesday)

Assessment: weekly rate
100% £178.20
90% £160.38
80% £142.56
70% £124.74
60% £106.92
50% £89.10
40% £71.28
30% £53.46
20% £35.64

Officers (Payable is variable)

Assessment yearly rate
100% £9,298
90% £8,369
80% £7,439
70% £6,509
60% £5,579
50% £4,649
40% £3,719
30% £2,790
20% £1,860

Gratuities

All ranks

Assessment (less than 20%)  
1 to 5% £2,834
6 to 14% £6,300
15 to 19% £11,018

Gratuities for specified minor injuries

Fingers

All ranks

For the loss of

Index finger  
More than two phalanges, including loss of whole finger £8,474
More than one phalanx, but not more than two phalanges £6,780
One phalanx or part of one £5,649
Guillotine amputation of tip without loss of bone £3,381
Middle finger  
More than two phalanges, including loss of whole finger £7,341
More than one phalanx, but not more than two phalanges £5,649
One phalanx or part of one £4,517
Guillotine amputation of tip without loss of bone £2,822

Ring or little finger

For the loss of  
More than two phalanges, including loss of whole finger £4,517
More than one phalanx, but not more than two phalanges £3,959
One phalanx or part of one £3,381
Guillotine amputation of tip without loss of bone £1,693

Toes

Great toe  
Through the joint £8,474
Part of the toe £2,253
One other toe  
Through the joint £2,253
Part of the toe £1,136
Two toes, excluding great toe  
Through the joint £3,381
Part of the toe £1,693
Three toes, excluding great toe  
Through the joint £3,959
Part of the toe £2,253
Four toes, excluding great toe  
Through the joint £5,649
Part of the toe £2,253

Allowances and supplements for disablement pensioners

Unemployability supplement

The allowance for an adult dependant, spouse or civil partner may be affected if they earn more than £73.10 a week. This is in line with the earnings limit for Incapacity Benefit (long term), Job Seekers Allowance or State Pension. If they are not working at present but begin work or start to receive any benefit or income in their own right you must let us know immediately.

Unemployability supplement

  Officers Other ranks
  yearly rate weekly rate
Personal allowance £5,745 £110.10
Adult dependant or spouse £3,193 £61.20
First child £741 £14.20
Other children £874 £16.75

Invalidity Allowance

These are the maximum amounts you can get if your unemployability started before you were aged:

40 £1,138 £21.80
50 £741 £14.20
60 £370 £7.10

War Pensions Constant Attendance Allowance

  Officers Other ranks
  yearly rate weekly rate
Half day rate £1,753 £33.60
Full day rate £3,506 £67.20
Intermediate rate £5,260 £100.80
Exceptional rate £7,013 £134.40

Allowance for Lowered Standard of Occupation

  Officers Other ranks
  yearly rate weekly rate
Maximum payable £3,506 £67.20

Comforts Allowance

  Officers Other ranks
  yearly rate weekly rate
Higher rate £1,508 £28.90
Lower rate £754 £14.45

Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance

Officers Other ranks
yearly rate weekly rate
£3,506 £67.20

Severe Disablement Occupational Allowance

Officers Other ranks
yearly rate weekly rate
£1,753 £33.60

Clothing Allowance

All ranks yearly rate
Maximum rate £230.00

Age Allowance from age 65

Disablement Officers Other ranks
  yearly rate weekly rate
40 or 50% £624 £11.95
60 or 70% £958 £18.35
80 or 90% £1,362 £26.10
100% £1,915 £36.70

Mobility Supplement

Officers Other ranks
yearly rate weekly rate
£3,347 £64.15

War Widow(er)’s Pension: Other ranks

War Widow(er)’s Pension: Other ranks

Widow over 40 or under 40 with children weekly rate
Standard rate £135.15
Widow under 40 no children weekly rate
Lower rate £32.37

War Widow(er)’s Pension: Officer

Widower(er) of First or Second Lieutenant (Army)

Widow over 40 or under 40 with children yearly
Standard rate £7,130
Widow under 40 no children yearly
Lower rate £1,958

Widow(er) of Captain (Army)

Widow over 40 or under 40 with children yearly
Standard rate £7,160
Widow under 40 no children yearly
Lower rate £2,226

Widow(er) of Major (Army)

Widow over 40 or under 40 with children yearly
Standard rate £7,187
Widow under 40 no children yearly
Lower rate £2,496

Widow(er) of Lieutenant-Colonel (Army)

  yearly
Higher rate (1914 War only) £7,255
Standard rate £7,241

Widow(er) of Colonel (Army)

  yearly
Higher rate (1914 War only) £7,297
Standard rate £7,279

Widow(er) of Brigadier (Army)

  yearly
Higher rate (1914 War only) £7,447
Standard rate £7,430

Widow(er) of Major-General (Army)

  yearly
Higher rate (1914) War only) £7,589
Standard rate £7,499

Officers Widow(er) in receipt of an Attributable Forces Family Pension

Widow(er) over 40 or under 40 with children yearly
Standard rate £7,052.13
Widow(er) under 40 with no children yearly
Lower rate £1,689.07
Eligible Child £1,106.22
2nd and subsequent children £1,239.28

Additions to Widow(er)’s Pension

Age Allowance

  Widow(er)’s of officer’s Widow(er)’s of other ranks
Payable at age yearly weekly
65 £804 £15.40
70 £1,545 £29.60
80 £2,291 £43.90

Children’s Allowance

  Widow(er)’s of officer’s Widow(er)’s of other ranks
  yearly weekly
First child £1,106 £21.20
Other children £1,239 £23.75

Rent Allowance

Maximum weekly rate (other ranks) £50.90
Maximum annual rate (officers) £2,656

Supplementary pension

(Payable to the widow(er)’s of service personnel whose service ended before 31 March 1973)

Widow(er)’s of officers Widow(er)’s of other ranks
yearly weekly
£4,717.59 £90.41

Pensions for other dependants

  Officers Other ranks
Dependants yearly weekly
Unmarried dependants who lived as spouses or civil partners    
(maximum) £6,930 £132.80
Orphans yearly weekly
First child £1,265 £24.25
Other children £1,385 £26.55
Adult infirm yearly weekly
orphan (maximum) £5,419 £103.85