I know of some who joined the FCO much assisted by the offer of BSA. The understanding was it is granted on first foreign posting for the duration of the child's education. For one chap, (for similar reasons to the RA not posting people in the CEA zone away from Larkhill), this involved having an overseas portfolio which he had to work from a desk in London and do region trips to for a month at at time.The FCO pay CEA for about 150 kids; I'm not sure of the MOD, but it must run into the thousands. FCO officers (as we have discussed on another thread) tend to favour local schools or the French International School network and move towards the IB. They also retain CEA for up to five years when back in the UK.
CEA costs the Department about £180 million a year to support the 7,900 children of about 5,500 service claimants; about £70 million of this is to settle the tax liability that would otherwise be incurred by claimants serving in the UK. Parents are also required to contribute a minimum of 10% of the school fees; many pay much more, as the maximum allowance covers less of their chosen school’s fees. The 7,900 service children are distributed across about 440 schools, 25 of which are state boarding schools, and they represent about 11% of the total number of children in boarding schools in the UK.
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Johnny Mercer ducked the detail of the question in 2019. Not sure if his written reply is published anywhere.
If the Labour Lass hadn't been on a specific fishing trip and asked something that avoided Data Protection - might have had more of a response
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of continuity of education allowances for placements at (a) Fettes (b)...
One observation though, the tax liability? Public sector job pays tax on a public sector allowance that goes back into the exchequer to fund.... the public sector.
I suppose it keeps people employed...