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THE ARMED FORCES INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT (AFIP). AFIP – A brief introduction  The Ministry of Defence (MOD), in conjunction with the Department for Work.

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1 THE ARMED FORCES INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT (AFIP)

2 AFIP – A brief introduction  The Ministry of Defence (MOD), in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), is introducing a new benefit called the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)  AFIP is a simplification of the financial support available for members of the Armed Forces who have been seriously injured as a result of military service since 6 April 2005  The current Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be replaced for working age claimants (16 to 64) by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). AFIP is an alternative to PIP for seriously injured service personnel and veterans

3 AFIP – Key Points  AFIP will be introduced from 8 April 2013  Payments will amount to £ per week and will be paid in arrears, every 4 weeks  Payments are tax free and will not be used in means tested calculations for other benefits  Payments do not impact on access to other benefits. Claims for other benefits can be made as now, and where entitled, personnel will receive those other benefits, except for DLA, AA and PIP.  AFIP claimants will not be required to undergo an assessment or any reassessments in the future

4 AFIP – Eligibility  Service personnel and veterans awarded a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) of 50% or higher under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will be eligible to claim for AFIP  Personnel who were injured prior to 6 April 2005 and who are covered by the War Pensions Scheme will, if not in receipt of scheme equivalents e.g. Constant Attendance Allowance, be able to apply for PIP or DLA in the usual way

5 AFIP or PIP There is a choice..  Personnel eligible for AFIP will need to consider which allowance best suits their circumstances i.e. AFIP or PIP  AFIP claimants will receive the same payment as the enhanced rate of both components of PIP (£ per week)  However, claimants will need to consider the “passporting” arrangements (access to other benefits) to ensure they receive the right / appropriate support

6 Further Information Advice is available to help you make the right decision: Tel:


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