Ex-service men and women who were exposed to asbestos dust prior to May of 1987 are unable to sue the State for compensation should they go on to develop an asbestos related disease due to the rule of “Crown Immunity”.

However, some help is at hand in the form of the War Disablement Pension which is a similar benefit to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, claimed by workers who were exposed to asbestos when working in industry.

Ex- service men and women are able to claim a War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions scheme if they are no longer serving in Armed Forces and their claimed disability arose before 6th April 2005. Where disablement was caused by service in the Armed Forces on or after this date, claims can be made under the similar, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. The pensions can be claimed for both physical and mental impairments.

The amount you will receive depends upon your level of disability. The latest published figures for pension amounts are referred to below :-

Level of Disability             Annual Rate                       Weekly rate 

100%                                     £9,298.00                             £178.20

90%                                        £8,369.00                             £160.38

80%                                        £7,439.00                             £142.56

70%                                        £6,509.00                             £124.74

60%                                        £5,579.00                             £106.92

50%                                        £4,649.00                             £89.10

40%                                        £3,719.00                             £71.28

30%                                        £2,790.00                             £53.46

20%                                        £1,860.00                             £35.64

War Disablement Pension for mesothelioma

Whilst the above table give the War Disablement Pension amounts for most conditions, as of 15th December 2015, veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma have the option of receiving a pension as above, or a one-off lump sum payment in the amount of £140,000.

The relevant application form can be downloaded, using the following link:-


For additional information on the more recent Armed Forces Compensation scheme, please contact the Joint Personnel Administration Enquiry Centre on 0800 085 3600 or use the following link to obtain the relevant application form:-


If you suffer from an asbestos related condition due to exposure to asbestos during military service, you could be entitled to claim War Disablement Benefit.


The Veterans Agency

Website: www.veterans-uk.info

Norcross, Blackpool, FY5 3WP

Tel: 0800 169 2277

The War Pensioners Welfare Service

Albert Bridge House, Bridge Street,

Manchester, M60 9DF

Tel: 0161 831 2195

For those who have suffered exposure to asbestos in military service after May of 1987 or were exposed to asbestos in a civilian capacity and go onto develop an asbestos related condition, you could be entitled to recover asbestos disease compensation. Contact Asbestos Justice on 0800 038 6767 for “no win no fee” legal advice.

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