British Legion Helps Fund British Nuclear Veterans Legal Case

Monday, 27 September, 2010 11:13 PM

“Dennis Hayden”


Dear all ,

This is good news and could not have come at a more positive time for the on-going Class Action of over 1000 veterans and widows . The £25,000 funding by the Royal British Legion for the Tribunal is significant it will help fund the expert scientific witness and barrister etc needed but , more importantly , it sends a strong message to the MoD of the widening support for nuclear veterans and widows .

The Tribunal Appeal case for 17 nuclear veterans and widows is due to be heard in November .

Best regards ,


for the CVFI

Legion to fund nuclear veterans Tribunal test case

24 September 2010

The Royal British Legion is to provide £25,000 funding to support a grouped Tribunal appeal case involving 17 veterans who are seeking compensation over their exposure to radiation under Britain’s nuclear testing programme.

The Legion is providing funding for the Tribunal appeal into the health effects of ionising radiation in an attempt to bring consistency to government rulings on compensation for ill health under the War Pension Scheme.

The funding will allow for the preparation of expert evidence for the War Pension & Armed Forces Compensation Tribunal, and for a barrister to represent the veterans in the appeal. Rosenblatt Solicitors, who are acting on behalf of some of the veterans involved, will be instructing counsel and have been working on the preparation of evidence.

There have been numerous claims by veterans under the War Pension Scheme for compensation for ill health caused by exposure to ionising radiation during the nuclear testing programme over many years. These are routinely rejected by the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency (SPVA) due to conflicting medical opinion on the health effects of radiation.

There has been limited success on appeals on SPVA decisions at Tribunals, and there has been no consistency in decisions by the Tribunal Service for appellants; this grouped appeal is attempting to form a view that can then be applied to all veterans and widows with similar claims.

Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion, said: “We believe that if the appeal is successful there are significant numbers of veterans and widows who will benefit from positive decisions on applications to the War Pension Scheme. This is why we are providing funding for the appeal.

“Most of the veterans and widows involved in this appeal are now very elderly. We welcome this action and hope that it will provide a speedy resolution to this long-standing issue. Evidence on the effects of ionising radiation has built significantly over recent years, and we are hopeful of a positive outcome for all those concerned.”

Notes for Editors:
A separate class action in the civil courts is being taken by over 1,000 veterans and their families. That action is separate from this Tribunal appeal.

For further information please contact:
Susan Cottam, Public Relations Officer, The Royal British Legion
E: T: +44(0)20 3207 2477 M: 07775 017 889

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I’m wondering which “experts” will line up against the veterans.
I a couple of suspects, plus the infamous ones who have sprung their coils.

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