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War Pensions Scheme

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Supplementary Allowances

Supplementary Allowances
Medical treatment and care for War Pensioners

Supplementary allowances

If you get a war pension, you may also be entitled to extra allowances, however some may affect the Social Security benefits you may get;

To obtain a claim form for any of the following allowances, please click contact us.

Allowance for a Lowered Standard of Occupation
To qualify for this allowance, your disablement must make you permanently unable to do your regular occupation or work of a similar standard that is suitable in your case. You must be getting a war pension at the 40% rate or higher and you must be under 65 when you make your claim.

Please request the following claim form:

War Disablement Pension WPA 0003 (ALSO) Allowance for Lowered Standard of Occupation Claim Form

Age allowance
You can have an age allowance if you are 65 or over and you get a war disablement pension of 40% or more.

Clothing Allowance
You may be entitled to this allowance if you are getting a war pension at the 20% rate or higher and are an amputee or your clothes wear out very quickly because of the conditions for which we pay you a war pension

Please request the following claim form:

War Disablement Pension WPA 0003 (CLOTHING) Clothing Allowance Claim Form.

Comforts Allowance
You are entitled to this allowance if you are getting War Pension Constant Attendance Allowance or Unemployability Supplement.

Constant Attendance Allowance
You may be entitled to this allowance if you need personal help because of the conditions for which we pay you a war pension and your war disablement pension has been assessed at 80% or higher.

Please request the following claim form:

War Disablement Pension WPA 0003(CAA) Constant Attendance Allowance Claim Form.

Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance
You may be entitled to this allowance if you are in receipt of War Pensions Constant Attendance Allowance at one of the two highest rates. It is payable if you are in hospital.

Funeral Expenses
We may be able to pay £2,200 towards funeral expenses if;

  • Death was due to service
  • War Pensions Constant Attendance Allowance was being paid or would have been paid if the war pensioner had not been in hospital when they died;
  • Unemployability Supplement was being paid at the time of death and we had assessed a War Disablement Pension at 80% or more.

Please note, a claim must be made within three months of the funeral.

If you want to apply for help with the cost of a funeral please request the following claim form:

War Disablement Pension WPA 0010 Funeral Expenses Claim Form.

Invalidity Allowance
You may also be entitled to this allowance if you have not reached age 60 and you get Unemployability Supplement.

War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
You may be entitled to help with the extra cost of getting about if you get a war pension at 40% or more and you are unable or almost unable to walk because of your accepted condition(s).

Please request the following claim form:

War Disablement Pension WPA 0003(WPMS) War Pensioners Mobility Supplement Claim Form.

Severe Disablement Occupational Allowance
You may be entitled to this allowance if you are getting War Pensions Constant Attendance Allowance at one of the two highest rates and you have a job. You can request a claim form by clicking here

Unemployability Supplement
To qualify you must be getting a war pension at the 60% rate or higher; you must be under 65 when you make your claim and your accepted condition(s) must be so serious that you cannot work.

Please request the following claim forms:

War Disablement Pension WPA 0003(UNSUPP) Unemployability Supplement Claim Form
War Disablement Pension WPA 0003(UNSUPPF) Unemployability Supplement Claim Form For Family

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Medical Treatment and care for War Pensioners

Appliances
If you have been prescribed an aid or appliance for your accepted condition(s), you should get it free from your local hospital (or from your local authority social services department if they are acting for your hospital). You may need to show them your prescription exemption certificate.

If you need an artificial limb, the hospital will normally send you to a limb-fitting centre who will supply the limb under the NHS. We can only pay for artificial limbs in very special circumstances.

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency will not normally pay for hearing aids. The National Health Service is responsible for supplying hearing aids to war pensioners.

Convalescence
Convalescent holidays may be approved if your accepted disablement prevents you from taking a normal holiday in a hotel or boarding house when accompanied by your usual carer. This is normally limited to 4 weeks in a period of 12 months. Breaks are usually taken in a registered nursing home
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Home Nursing Equipment
In the first instance you should approach your Health Authority for aids and items of equipment for the management or alleviation of your accepted condition. We can only pay for necessary, medically approved items if they are not provided by the NHS.

Hospital Travelling Expenses
We can help pay your travelling expenses when you go to hospital for treatment for the accepted conditions that we pay you a war pension for.

House Adaptation Grants
This is a one off grant of up to £750 to make a contribution towards the cost of adapting your home where the need for such an adaptation arises wholly or mainly from your accepted disablement and provide that you cannot obtain a contribution from another source, such as Social Services. You must obtain approval from SPVA before any costs are incurred.

Part-time Treatment Allowance
This allowance is the same as for treatment allowance and is paid in addition to your basic pension and is limited to the loss incurred. It is also subject to a daily ceiling rate. You may be entitled if your treatment not your disability stops you working for less than eight days but you still lose money.

Prescription Refund
A prescription exemption certificate will usually be issued to you for your accepted disability if you are under 65

Private Treatment
We only consider claims for private treatment where the treatment is not provided by the NHS, is essential and the need arises wholly or mainly from the pensioned disablement. Prior approval must always be obtained from SPVA before any costs are incurred.

Provision of Treatment Overseas
If you do not live in the UK, you may be able to get financial help with cost of treatment required in connection with your accepted disablement. Always get in touch with your Overseas Pensions Agent, or Department of Veterans' Affairs before getting any treatment.

Please see individual addresses in Overseas Services.

Skilled Nursing Care
This is the provision of long term care for severely disabled war pensioners, which is required as a result of their accepted disablement. This provision is normally provided through the mechanisms of the National Health Service.

Treatment Allowance
Treatment Allowance is paid at 100 per cent pension rate instead of your normal war pension. You may be entitled to this if you are having medical, surgical or rehabilitative treatment in hospital or at home for the conditions we pay you a pension. It will only be paid if the treatment will help you get better, you lose some of your earnings as the result of your treatment and it is the treatment and not the conditions that stop you working for eight days or more.

 

   

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