This report examines the interaction between welfare benefits and Armed Forces compensation.
The experiences of the Armed Forces provide a unique perspective on the workings of the social security system. Injured personnel may face particular barriers to accessing the support to which they should be entitled, whether as a result of conditions or experiences unique to Service life; overly complex systems, or financial assessments that are not designed to recognise the purpose of the compensation award.
Experiences of the two systems also present important opportunities for improvement and for best practice to be shared.
Findings from this research provide an important insight into the way the welfare benefits system works for veterans, and aim to provide a significant contribution to the wider research on the issue. This report highlights areas of concern, which although sometimes small, can have a life changing impact on the way injured veterans access benefits, and makes practical recommendations to government on how to address them.
The Royal British Legion and Poppy Scotland (2020) Making the Benefits System Fit for Service: Improving Support for Veterans with Military Compensation