§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what benefits are currently paid out to second world war ex-service men who suffered the loss of (a) one leg, (b) two legs, (c) an arm, (d) both arms, (e) one eye or (f) both eyes and to war widows.
§ Mr. Newton
The second world war ex-service men disabled as a result of that service and war widows are eligible for pensions and allowances under the war pensions scheme. The rate of disablement pension depends upon the assessed degree of disablement. Minimum assessments for the injuries quoted are:-
Percentage assessment Weekly pension (a) amputation of leg through hip joint 90 £52.56 (b) amputation of both legs 100 £58.40 (c) amputation of arm through shoulder joint 90 £52.56 (c) amputation of both arms 100 £58.40 (e) loss of one eye 40 £23.36 (f) loss of both eyes 100 £58.40
In addition to the basic disablement pension a range of supplementary allowances may also be payable, usually for the more severly disabled.
The standard rate of war widows pension is £46.55 a week, which may also attract additional allowances.