Armed forces welfare

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the welfare of the armed forces. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. For information on war pensions go to sickness, disability and carers' benefits

Commons Briefing Papers

26.11.2015School funding: Pupil Premium
The introduction and development of the Pupil Premium policy since its introduction in 2011
06.03.2015Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (HL): Progress of the Bill
The Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (HL) 2013-14 completed all of its stages in the House of Commons. It will now go to the House of Lords for consideration.
23.01.2015Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]
An analysis of the Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill as brought from the House of Lords. Second Reading is on 2 February 2015. The intention of the Bill is to reform the Service Complaints System and strengthen independent oversight of that system by converting the role of the current Service Complaints Commissioner into a Service Complaints Ombudsman. The Bill also includes a power to make payments to charities, benevolent organisations and others for the benefit of the armed forces community.
12.11.2014Armed Forces Pension Scheme legacy issues - survivors' benefits
Looks at changes in survivors benefits from the armed forces pension schemes
12.11.2014War widows' pensions
Looks at the effect of remarriage or cohabitation on war widows' pensions
22.09.2014Gurkha Pensions
This note looks at the development of pension arrangements for Gurkhas
15.05.2014Armed Forces Pension Scheme and preserved pensions
Armed Forces Pension Scheme and preserved pensions
14.02.2014The Military Justice System: an introduction
The Service Justice System provides a legal framework that ensures Service personnel are subject to a single disciplinary code that applies wherever they are serving.
01.02.2013Nuclear test veterans - compensation
A group of 1,011 services veterans and civilians from the UK, Fiji and New Zealand have attempted to obtain a compensation hearing against the Ministry of Defence relating to alleged illnesses caused by exposure to radiation in nuclear weapons tests during the 1950s. However, in March 2012 the Supreme Court ruled against the Atomic Veterans' case proceeding and the Government says it has no plans to pay compensation.
04.01.2013The Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a statement of the moral obligation which exists between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces. It was published in May 2011 and its core principles were enshrined in law, for the first time, in the Armed Forces Act 2011. It applies to all three services. The Government published the first annual report in December 2012.

Lords Library Notes

01.11.2013Debate on 7 November: The Armed Forces and Legal Challenge
This Note looks at some of the issues raised by legal challenges to the Armed Forces.


05.12.2011Explosive Injuries
This briefing provides a background to explosive injury, explores developments in mitigation science, and highlights research priorities.

Select Committee Reports

29.06.2009Service families accommodation.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House celebrates the 90th birthday of the Maybole (Ayrshire) branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, the first ever branch to be formed in the UK; and recognises the ...
21.06.2011ATOMIC TEST VETERANS (No. 2)
That this House recognises the sacrifice of the UK's atomic test veterans; notes that many test veterans are now ill; further notes that many countries have paid compensation to ex-service ...
That this House recognises and honours the immense courage and patriotism shown by UK armed service personnel and their dependants; commits to providing them with the highest levels ...
That this House congratulates the Royal British Legion on its 90th anniversary in 2011; notes that, out of the horrors of The Great War of 1914 to 1918, The British Legion was formed ...
That this House applauds the attempts by Mr Andy McMenemy to run 66 marathons in 66 days in each of the 66 official cities of the UK; notes the support he has given to the ABF Soldiers ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses