The latest War Pensions Statistics produced by Defence Statistics, Ministry of Defence, were released on the 6th June 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
This Statistical Notice provides summary statistics on recipients of War Pensions and new claims, awards and appeals made under the War Pension Scheme (WPS).
WPS User Consultation
As a result of UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) recommendations, Defence Statistics have recently carried out internal and external customer consultations on the War Pension Scheme National Statistic and AFCS Official Statistic. As a result, additional figures have been included in this release on the following:
- Additional figures to show the number of people who have made claims/appeals (see Section 2). This has been included as Defence Statistics are frequently asked for the numbers of people who have made claims under the scheme, as opposed to the numbers of claims.
- The number of disablement pensioners who are in receipt of an ongoing War Pension for a mental health condition (see page 15). This has been included as Defence Statistics receive a high volume of information requests about the number of people awarded War Pensions for mental health conditions.
Defence Statistics will be making further improvements to future publications, including additional commentary to explain the context behind the numbers and trends. A full summary of the consultations and planned changes to the report can be found on the Defence Statistics website (www.dasa.mod.uk).
As at 31 March 2013:
- 127,590 War Disablement Pensioners (DPs) were receiving an ongoing pension. This represents a decrease of 5% (n=6,840) since 31 March 2012. This is expected as there are fewer people joining the scheme as injuries and illness since 6 April 2005 will now be eligible under the AFCS.
- 24,415 War Widow(er)s (WWs) were receiving an ongoing pension. This represents a decrease of 7% (n=1,960) since 31 March 2012. (Table 1.1).
- Approximately five out of six Disablement Pensioners (86%) received pensions at or below the 50% level of disablement (as part of the claim process, a doctor assesses a claimants level of disablement by comparing with an able-bodied healthy person of the same age and sex). The largest group of claimants were awarded at the 20% disablement level (40% of DPs). 3% of Disablement Pensioners received pensions at the 100% disablement level (those with the most severe level of disablement). (Table 1.4).
Future editions of this publication:
- 31 March 2014
Release date : 5 June 2014