More cash for injured troops

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INJURED servicemen will be paid more in compensation, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

The changes, which will see an average 25 per cent increase to awards paid for injuries due to service, will be introduced following recommendations from former Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral the Lord Boyce.

The scheme pays a tax-free lump sum for injuries due to service, with the most seriously injured given a tax-free guaranteed income payment for life.

The MoD said this will be increased to ‘better reflect the lasting impact of injuries on future likely promotions and on the ability to work up to age 65’.

Other changes include an average increase of 25 per cent to all lump sum award payments – except the top award which was recently doubled to £570,000.

The MoD will also increase the maximum award for mental illness from £48,875 to £140,000.