Forces Pay and Allowances
Soldiers serving on the front line in Afghanistan were told that while their operational bonus of £4,800 would be preserved when they returned home this would be swallowed up by allowance cutbacks.
Private soldiers serving in Germany and other foreign postings are going to be particularly hard hit suffering a £660 a year cut to their Overseas Allowance in addition to other reductions.
Officers and men serving in London have also been targeted with some experiencing a reduction of more than £2,800 as part of the £250 million reduction to the Armed Forces allowances bill.
It’s quite a hit to ALL Our Forces.When you add it all up it’s pretty drastic.
Sailors who return home from serving on board ships will now have to pay for some trips home after their annual number of free travel passes were cut from 12 to 10.
In some instances Navy ratings can be Drafted to a northern Scottish port such as Faslane and if they live in Portsmouth or Plymouth they will be faced with a substantial travel bill.
The first of the cuts to the 19 separate allowances will be made this April and then phased in over the next two years.
Families have already been hit by the £20 million cuts to boarding schools allowances who want to visit their children at school will face ever higher petrol bills with after the mileage they can begin claiming for doubled to 100 miles per single trip.
Examples of Cuts
Get You Home pay (Early Years)
Enables young service Personnel to get home to family and friends
No longer payable over age of 18 (used to be up to 21)
Saving: £2 million
Local Overseas Allowance
To cover additional cost of living abroad.
15 per cent reduction. Private soldier £10.01 to £8.15
Saving: £30 million
Recruitment and Retention Allowance (London)
Contribution to higher costs of living in London.
Removed from all over rank of corporal
Saving: £2.9 million
Food and Incidentals Allowance.
Paid to personnel on trips without access to service accommodation.
Reduced from £12.41 to £8.50 per day.
Saving: £11 million
Specialist Pay Reserve Banding
Specialists such as pilots, submariners receive allowance even when not operational.
Period it’s paid between non-operational postings reduced from six to three years
Saving: £10 million
In one breath the Government says how much it regards the Armed Forces then in another, albeit in times of stringency, it demands a reduction to their remunerations amounting to a £1,400 cut in income for every soldier, sailor and airman.