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Armed forces compensation: a guide

Information about compensation schemes for UK serving and former serving personnel injured as a result of their service in the armed forces.

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There are a number of compensation schemes available to UK serving and former serving personnel who are injured as a result of their service in the armed forces. The scheme that applies to each individual will depend on when and where you served.

The guidance provides information on the following schemes:

  • The armed forces compensation scheme (AFCS)

You can claim under the AFCS where the illness or injury was caused as a result of service on or after 6 April 2005. You do not need to have left the armed forces before claiming.

  • The war pensions scheme (WPS)

You can claim under the WPS if you are no longer serving and your disablement was caused as a result of service in the armed forces before 6 April 2005.

  • The criminal injuries compensation (overseas) (CIC(O)) scheme

You can claim under the criminal injuries compensation (overseas) scheme if you or your eligible dependants are the innocent victim of a crime of violence while serving overseas.

Published 27 November 2013
Last updated 9 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Payment amounts updated to the Armed Forces Compensations what you need to know html.
  2. Replaced leaflet with the latest version
  3. Update to the AFIP information
  4. Information on Universal Credit included
  5. Updated Incapacity Benefit information and included information on Employment and Support Allowance
  6. DLA mobility and DLA care outdated now combined in Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
  7. Replaced leaflet 1 with the latest version
  8. Link to War Pension Scheme guidance included
  9. Deleted incorrect leaflets
  10. Replaced leaflet 2 with the latest edition
  11. Added link to FAQs on the Armed Forces Independence Payment.
  12. Updated the AFIP rates on the What you need to know guidance page.
  13. Added revised leaflets 5 and 9.
  14. Updated Guaranteed Income Payments (GIPs) section.
  15. Updated link to current version of faster payments form
  16. Added War pension leaflets.
  17. Textual changes to telephone number and SPVA to Veterans UK.
  18. First published.