I would add that the majority of allowances that haven't been actively removed have been at the same fixed amount for over a decade now.Somethings are much better than they were, in some places. There is still some horrendous accomodation, both single and married.
Travel allowances have been hit, incidental expenses have been hit, PAYD has lowered standards and in general increased individual costs, because it didn’t deliver to expectations/promises. We even struggle to fund the annual Christmas dinner for all junior ranks nowdays, because it was a ’perk’.
Support for Sport and AT have been hit, Team building, battlefield studies, welfare activities. In fact anything that looks like an ‘extra’ or a ‘jolly’ that those working alongside us don’t get?
The fact that those who didn’t get all these so called perks, never went on exercise for weeks on end, never deployed to sh*tholes for months on end, however, expect us to work exactly the same as them when they are in camp.
We even rely on charity money to rehabilitate those that we broke doing what we told them to do FFS.
I will give one example that has denied me personally £1000’s over the years. We used to have separation allowance, the rules evade me, but IICR, there was an annual qualification period (30 days I think) then you got paid for that and anything over.
We changed to LSA, a tired system which increases in line with number of days separated. Yet we all started on 0 days. Nearly 2 years of actuall separation wiped from the slate overnight, because the system was fairer.
I joined in 1983, I can safely say our (so called) ‘perks’ have been chipped away at constantly. Why, because those imposing the rules do so on the politics of jealousy (without comprehension) mainly