Contesting veterans’ war pensions cost the Ministry of Defence £2,232,432 – I do wonder whether some people have lost their senses

I have been becoming increasingly irritated at the way in which the Ministry of Defence have appeared to be engaging with veterans about their pensions and compensation.  I recently tabled three questions on the subject and have now had the response to the first of these.

The question was:

“Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total administrative and legal costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence in contesting war pension claims in each of the last five years. HL5842?

The answer I have had tells me:

“The Service personnel and Veterans Agency administers the War Pensions Scheme.  The external legal costs incurred by them in contesting war pension claims in each of the last five years are as follows:

2004/5          £405,284

2005/6          £415,269

2006/7         £491,054

2007/8         £436,924

2008/9         £483,901

TOTAL      £2,232,432

It is not often that I am lost for words, but as we approach Remembrance Day I have to admit to being dumb-founded.  I know lawyers are expensive, but I just hope that those who approved this expenditure thought about the human consequences of the legal quibbling in which they were engaged ……

One thought on “Contesting veterans’ war pensions cost the Ministry of Defence £2,232,432 – I do wonder whether some people have lost their senses”

  1. As a disgraceful and quite unashamed populist, my blood boils at this. Looking at some examples of the MoD spend in terms of military priorities and the covenant, how much does it pay out each year on accommodation and food for the top brass; for public schools for the officers; for its offices; how do the salaries paid by the Mod to the top brass reflect their effectiveness as managers? In light of all this I am simply sickened at the Ministry’s quibbling about what goes to soldiers for pensions and when they are wounded in the course of their duty.

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