Monday, 12 October 2009


Slashing the money paid to injured soldiers.
Two injured servicemen could have their compensation payouts slashed following a ruling by appeal judges today.
The Court of Appeal has upheld, in part, a challenge by the MoD to awards made to Light Dragoon Anthony Duncan and Royal Marine Matthew McWilliams.
Earlier this year, the court heard legal argument to clarify the principles under which the armed forces compensation scheme should be administered.
As a result of today's decision, the two cases will go back to a compensation tribunal for reconsideration.
If ministers are successful, Cpl Duncan and Marine McWilliams' payouts could be slashed and future payments limited for other combat victims.
At the time of the hearing in July, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth announced a review of the scheme would be speeded up, although the court's consideration of its current legal effect would continue.
Cpl Duncan was originally awarded £9,250, which was increased to £46,000 by the tribunal, and Marine McWilliams's £8,250 award was increased to £28,750.
The 27-year-old corporal was shot in Iraq in 2005 and overcame two years of rehabilitation to ship out in April this year with his Light Dragoons colleagues to fight in Afghanistan for six months.
Marine McWilliams fractured his thigh in training.

Whilst a tash wearing wanker called Bob "the knob" Ainsworth blags hundreds of thousands of pounds in expenses each and every year, the cunt.

1 comment:

  1. Simple. The more that the government pays out to men injured in the course of duty, the less money that will be available for them to steal for themselves.