Military to get cheaper council tax

oldbaldy

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British armed forces personnel serving overseas are to have their council tax bills cut by a quarter, it has been reported.

The move is expected to apply to all ranks and could see up to 13,000 troops better off by £140 a year or more.

The Sun reports that the benefit, that currently applies only to Army, Navy and RAF personnel serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, will now be extended to include those in Bosnia, Kuwait, Oman, the Falkland Islands and other postings.

An official announcement by the Ministry of Defence is expected on Monday.

Defence Secretary Des Browne told the Sun: "I am delighted to announce the extension of the council tax rebate to all our personnel deployed overseas. I cannot commend enough the effort and commitment of our forces abroad and away from their families.

"This rebate is another example of our commitment to provide the best welfare support for them."

The scheme will start from April with reduced payments backdated to February.

The newspaper says the £140 saving is based on a Band A property and a serviceman being away on a six-month tour of duty. The cut will be much bigger for those living in larger homes.

Other areas covered by the rebate are understood to be Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Kosovo and Qatar.

Royal Navy personnel on ships away from Britain will also qualify.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-7261175,00.html

Good if true
 
#2
If true, and if no 'Brown' type 'claw-backs', excellent news. Mrs T was wrong to deny this sort of rebate to the military when 'Poll Tax' was introduced.

That said, I have no doubt whatsoever JPA will cock the whole thing up.
 
#3
My instinct is that this is not such a clever idea. It will do little more than alienate some of the population and besides, wife and kids are still living there using the council services......

An overseas tax break would IMHO be a far better gesture and far easer to swallow for the general population since it's nothing new. People have been working aboard and getting tax breaks for decades.

As for JPA cocking it , yup you can be sure of that. How the hell will JPA calculate the boats? Away for 6 weeks, back for 3 days, away for 12 weeks maybe but can't say exactly for sneaky beaky reasons. The possibility for royal cock ups is endless. :roll:
 
#4
Why do I get the feeling they will give with the one hand and take with the other........................................
 

oldbaldy

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gentlesoul said:
My instinct is that this is not such a clever idea. It will do little more than alienate some of the population and besides, wife and kids are still living there using the council services......

An overseas tax break would IMHO be a far better gesture and far easer to swallow for the general population since it's nothing new. People have been working aboard and getting tax breaks for decades.

As for JPA cocking it , yup you can be sure of that. How the hell will JPA calculate the boats? Away for 6 weeks, back for 3 days, away for 12 weeks maybe but can't say exactly for sneaky beaky reasons. The possibility for royal c*** ups is endless. :roll:
Agreed but the rebate is roughly the 25% rebate that a family with just one adult would receive anyway,
 
#7
Oooh ooh!! I sniff a bit of softening-up going on. Stand-by for: - "This year's pay rise will be staged, but the majority on Ops will not be affected because of changes to council tax rebates"

Keep your hands firmly on the wallets lads.
 
#8
gentlesoul said:
My instinct is that this is not such a clever idea. It will do little more than alienate some of the population and besides, wife and kids are still living there using the council services......

An overseas tax break would IMHO be a far better gesture and far easer to swallow for the general population since it's nothing new. People have been working aboard and getting tax breaks for decades.

As for JPA cocking it , yup you can be sure of that. How the hell will JPA calculate the boats? Away for 6 weeks, back for 3 days, away for 12 weeks maybe but can't say exactly for sneaky beaky reasons. The possibility for royal c*** ups is endless. :roll:

I can't see that being a problem because unless you tell them no-one will know what council tax you are paying. The bit that would worry me is how will they calculate the six months and if you don't do the full six will the rebate be pro rata.
 
#9
easesprings said:
Why do I get the feeling they will give with the one hand and take with the other........................................
Sadly, you are probably quite correct.
 
#10
Des Brown indicates with delight more like fuggin angel delight, that bloke has yet to convince me he actually knows what hes on about. he spends more time slagging of his Scottish counter parts, than actually looking after his own affairs. the guy is a grade one toss pott. Back to the point, hes giving with one hand and taken with another?
 
#11
I am not impressed. Why should a serviceman overseas pay any council tax? Prisoners pay nothing.
 
#12
craftsmanx said:
gentlesoul said:
My instinct is that this is not such a clever idea. It will do little more than alienate some of the population and besides, wife and kids are still living there using the council services......

An overseas tax break would IMHO be a far better gesture and far easer to swallow for the general population since it's nothing new. People have been working aboard and getting tax breaks for decades.

As for JPA cocking it , yup you can be sure of that. How the hell will JPA calculate the boats? Away for 6 weeks, back for 3 days, away for 12 weeks maybe but can't say exactly for sneaky beaky reasons. The possibility for royal c*** ups is endless. :roll:

I can't see that being a problem because unless you tell them no-one will know what council tax you are paying. The bit that would worry me is how will they calculate the six months and if you don't do the full six will the rebate be pro rata.
No doubt you will have to do a minimum of six months on ops before you qualify :x
 

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