Compensation payouts for soldiers to rise

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Compensation for soldiers left mentally scarred by war was increased almost threefold yesterday.

Under the revised Armed Forces Compensation Scheme the maximum award has risen from £48,875 to £140,000 "to accurately reflect the impact of the most serious mental health conditions", the Ministry of Defence said. The new awards are part of a series of recommendations made by Admiral the Lord Boyce in his review of the forces last year.