Armed Forces
Independence Payment


Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) is an additional allowance that provides financial support for service personnel and veterans who have an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) which is in Band A - C. It is paid at the same rate as the combined enhanced daily living and mobility components of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).


You might be eligible for AFIP if:

  • you were injured on or after 6 April 2005, and

  • you are given an AFCS GIP which is in Band A - C.

If you are eligible, you will get the payment for as long as you are entitled to this level of GIP. You will not be reassessed in the future.

Important information

You cannot get AFIP at the same time as the following benefits:

How to claim

Veterans UK will automatically issue a claim form to those who have an AFCS GIP which is in Band A - C.

If you do not receive a claim form, contact: or telephone: Freephone 0808 1914 2 18 or

Telephone (overseas):+44 1253 866 043.

Normal Service 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday

When the helpline is closed, callers in need of immediate emotional support will be given the option to be routed to The Samaritans 24hr helpline.

Appealing a decision

You have 12 months to appeal from the date of your decision letter and can download an appeal form here.

If you need help

If you have any questions, contact Veterans UK