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New Rates For War Pensions Announced

The annual uprating of war pensions and allowances for 2021 will take place from the week beginning 12 April.

ANONYMOUS A Royal Scots Dragoon Guard takes a break in the turret of a Challenger tank after a long night of fighting in Southern Iraq during Iraq War 24032003 CREDIT PA.

The new rates of war pensions and allowances have been announced.

The War Pension Scheme (WPS) is a compensation scheme for veterans for any injury or illness caused, or worsened, by their service in the British military.

Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said in a statement the war pensions rates for 2021 are increasing by 0.5%.

The annual uprating of war pensions and allowances for 2021 will take place from the week beginning 12 April.

The new rates see the rates for disablement pension for an officer increase from £10,071 to £10,123 a year, the equivalent of £1 a week.

Other ranks will see an increase from £193 to £194 a week.

The new rates also see the minimum one-off payment for a "specified minor injury" go from £1,230 to £1,236. 

The maximum one-off payment for a "specified minor injury" has increased from £9,181 to £9,227.

Under the new rates, the personal unemployability allowance has increased from £119.30 to £119.90 a week, with the adult dependency increase going from £66.30 to £66.65, again weekly.

The unemployability allowance for a first child will also go from £15.40 to £15.50 a week, with the allowance for subsequent children changing from £18.10 to £18.20 each week.

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