Pensions / Compensation
War Pensions Scheme
Other allowances and help you may be entitled to
You may be entitled to help in other ways, for example, other benefits. You may be entitled to these benefits even if you are not entitled to a war pension.
This list is not exhaustive.
Basic State Retirement Pension
You cannot get a basic state Retirement Pension if you are getting Unemployability Supplement, but you will be able to receive any graduated pension or additional pension you are entitled to for contributions you have paid.
If you want to know more about state Retirement Pension, including additional pension, see Pensions Service leaflet NP46 A Guide to Retirement Pensions.
This is an allowance for someone who may be looking after you instead of going out to work. Or they may be doing other work as well as looking after you. We call these people carers. If you want more information, you can get DS 700 Carer's Allowance Claim Pack from your local Jobcentre Plus, social security office or post office.
If your carer is getting Income Support, they may be entitled to an extra amount of money called the carer premium. They should get in touch with their local Jobcentre Plus or social security office to find out more
Your carer can get more information from:
The Carers' National Association
29 Chilworth Mews
Or they can get leaflet SD 4 Caring for Someone? from their local Jobcentre Plus or social security office.
Council Tax Benefit
Council Tax Benefit is a benefit run by your local council. Council Tax Benefit can help pay some or all of your Council Tax. If you want more information, you can get leaflet CTB1 Help with the Council Tax from your local social security office, local council or post office.
If you claim Income Support, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, £10 a week of your war pension will be ignored when working out how much of these benefits/entitlements you are entitled to. (Some local councils ignore more than £10 for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, please check your local council for more details.)
You may be entitled to help from your local council with paying rent for the place where you live. This is called Housing Benefit. If you want more information you can get leaflet RR1 Housing Benefit- help with your rent from your local council.
Income Support or Pension Credit
You may be entitled to Income Support or Pension Credit as well as your war pension, even if you did not get it before. If you want more information you can ask your local Jobcentre Plus, social security office or pension centre.
Warm Front Grant
This scheme gives government grants to cover the costs of making your home warmer. If you want to know more about this, you can ring free on either 0800 316 6011 or 0800 952 0600. Or get a leaflet from any local Jobcentre Plus or social security office. You may be entitled to this grant if you receive a War Disablement Pension and a War Pensions Constant Attendance Allowance or War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement.
- you are a single person; or
- you are a married couple living together; or
- you are a man and woman living together as if you are married;
- your in paid work (including working as a self employed person) for the required number of hours.
Child Tax Credit is for people with at least one child.
If you want more information, you can get claim pack TC600 New Tax Credit from your local Jobcentre Plus, social security office or post office.