LOA for BFG is about to be reduced by up to 20%. This is an outrage, but before the UK warriors start the cliched arguements against LOA, a few things to remember: 1. Spouses salries are pitiful overseas, even the good jobs earn a little over â¬1100 (Â£750pcm), I know LOA isn't designed to compensate spouses incomes, but its a considerable step down from Â£20K a yr to Â£9K! 2. Everyday items eg. newspapers are virtually double UK price, eg. times â¬2.20, GQ/FHM â¬6.50. 3. Whilst cars are cheaper to buy because they are tax free, running costs (excl petrol) are much higher. They are only a few authorised insurance companies due to BFG regulations (eg all big UK companies are invlaid, Tescos, Direct Line etc). Euro headlights, and as from this yr winter tyres are mandatory, total cost of over â¬1000. 4. Banking is far more expensive. To withdraw cash from a UK account costs around Â£4 per time, german banks charge whether you're in credit or not. 5. Telephones and internet are not only expensive, but the service is very poor. Plus schemes such as free minutes are invalid for UK based friends and family. 6. Whilst Booze and Smokes are generally much cheaper - great if you smoke and drink. I do neither! 7. The arguement being used to reduce LOA stems from less people using baby sitters than the last time the survey was completed. A nonsensical arguement. The overall message is, if you're nominated for the LOA survey, take it seriously and remember to add anything that you may feel is relevant. Comments welcomed, particularly from the snr management who are driving this.