19 May 2009
Compensation rights for soldiers 'may increase due to new ruling'
A new ruling which has been made by three senior judges in an appeal court hearing may increase the rights soldiers have to claim compensation.
The judges rejected claims put forward by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that military personnel could only be protected by the Human Rights Act when they are on a military base.
As a result of the decision, if the MoD - which operates with an annual budget of over £32 billion - sends soldiers out on patrol or into battle lacking the necessary functional equipment, it could be deemed to have breached their human rights.
The judges stated: "In our judgment it makes no sense to hold that he is not so protected when in an ambulance or in a truck or in the street or in the desert."
Responding to the development, the Guardian said that it may see the MoD face a series of compensation claims.