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Better compensation for the armed forces in 2017?

The government’s proposals on compensation for combat injuries are encouraging, but only if the potential problems are carefully considered first, explains Rhicha Kapila

22 December 2016

The government recently launched a consultation on proposals to pay better compensation to injured soldiers and the families of those killed in a combat situation. This proposal aims to end lengthy court litigation against the Ministry of Defence over whether the department is protected by the common law principle of combat immunity.

Sir Michael Fallon said: ‘Our armed forces put their lives on the line to keep us safe. This new scheme will mean more generous payments to anyone injured – or the families of those who are killed – in combat. By making these changes we will put more money into compensation and remove the stress of lengthy legal action.’

‘As part of these reforms, the MoD will clarify in primary legislation that the common law principle of combat immunity should apply to deaths or injuries which occur in the course of combat situations,’...

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