In May, the coalition will implement all of the recommendations from last year’s Boyce Report. There will also be a retrospective examination of 10,000 personal injury compensation payments and this could result in improved payments for servicemen who, since 2005, have been helped by the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
The news came at the same time as it emerged that the Ministry of Defence had paid out nearly £10.5 million in compensation to 23 British troops injured whilst serving in Afghanistan in the last 4 years.
Admiral Lord Boyce carried out the review after the Daily Telegraph ran a campaign called Justice for Wounded. Boyce called for the existing scheme to be overhauled and payments increased for servicemen who lodged personal injury claims against the MoD.
In the past, it has been difficult for service personnel to obtain compensation from the government and personal injury solicitors have been battling for a change in the law for some time. The problem arises when forces personnel are injured in combat. Soldiers can sue the MoD for employer negligence but the Ministry has a defence in law if the injury is sustained while fighting.
David Cameron said he was delighted by the changes. Although it is impossible to fully compensate people for the injuries they suffer in combat, we can do more to help them, he said.