RBL 'Credit their service' Campaign: How has your local authority responded?

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6 months 2 weeks ago #1 by BAFF Blogs
In 2023 the Royal British Legion (RBL) and PoppyScotland launched...

Payments under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) are currently considered income when determining whether someone is eligible for various benefits, but compensation awarded by courts for personal injury or medical negligence is exempt.

The effect is to reduce the benefits to which some veterans are entitled, or even in some cases to wipe out their enitlement altogether. This can affect war widows and families, as well as veterans themselves.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #2 by Anonymous
SUNDERLAND Council's positive response was mentioned in the article.

TORBAY Council said that they already exclude military compensation when calculating benefits (but encourage applicants to mention such entitlements as it may assist some cases), but agreed to amend their policy documents to make this clearer.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #3 by Anonymous
Medway Council agreed to amend their policy so that military compensation is not treated as income by welfare benefit means tests when veterans are applying for benefits.

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