Click here to watch a short animated film about the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). The Scheme provides compensation for injuries, illness or death caused by Service on, or after, the introduction of the scheme on 6 April 2005. It is a comprehensive package that families need to be aware of. Further information on the scheme is available on the MOD website.
To ensure that the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) continues to provide comprehensive and fair financial compensation, routine legislative amendments were laid in Parliament and came into force on 17 November 2011.
The AFCS was reviewed by Admiral the Lord Boyce, former Chief of Defence Staff, in 2010. One year on from the Review, in February 2011, all of Lord Boyce’s recommendations were fully implemented in new legislation, significantly improving the AFCS. However, day-to-day management of the Scheme identified a small number of anomalies. These have now been fully rectified.
Representatives of the ex-Service community, Service charities and the Families Federations were consulted were consulted on the amendments through the Ministerial chaired Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation (CAC).
The AFCS provides financial compensation to Service personnel or their dependants for injury, illness or death attributable to service, the cause of which occurs on or after 6 April 2005. For injuries sustained prior to this date, compensation is awarded under the War Pensions Scheme. All Regular and Reserve personnel are eligible to claim under the scheme. An individual can claim for any injury that has been caused by Service, including training and approved military sports injuries.
For further information visit: www.mod.uk/afcs or www.veterans-uk.info. Personnel should visit the AFCS Intranet page (Defence Instructions and Notices: 2012DIN01-008). Specific queries and advice relating to claims should be directed to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA): 0800 169 2277.
The SPVA shall be applying all of these changes to those that may benefit from them. Those affected shall be contacted in due course. Personnel do not need to take any action.
Changes have been made to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), producing an even more comprehensive compensation package for Service personnel who have suffered injury or illness, or been killed as a result of Service on or after 6 April 2005. The War Pension Scheme (WPS) compensates for any injury, illness or death which occurs up to this date.
There are two main types of AFCS benefits:
From 9 May 2011 all new claims will be assessed under a new set of rules. Changes to the rules include:
The NFF were consulted and contributed to the review of the AFCS. Every recommendation made by the review has now been implemented.
Previously Received an AFCS Award?
Those who have previously received an award from the scheme will have their awards uplifted in line with the new increases. Those affected do not need to take any action and will be contacted by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) by June 2012.
For further information visit:
To make a claim: Contact the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) on their free helpline: 0800 169 2277 (overseas: +44 1253 866 043) or visit: www.veterans-uk.info/pensions/claim_forms.html to download the claim form.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) was recently reviewed by the former Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral the Lord Boyce. The Review found that whilst the scheme is fundamentally sound, there were several areas where recommendations were made for improvement.
The majority of improvements require detailed legislative amendment to the Scheme and will be implemented by February 2011. Some legislative changes arising from the Review can be made more quickly and will be effective from 3 August 2010.