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Troops to get council tax rebate

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Armed forces personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan will benefit from a tax-free rebate on the cost of council tax, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

All troops who pay council tax for a property in the UK will receive financial support through a flat-rate rebate payment over a six-month tour of£140 - worth 25% of the average Band D council tax bill.

The rebate will be added to the tax-free operational allowance paid at the end of an operational tour in Afghanistan or Iraq. The new measures will be introduced from October and first payments will be made from 1 April.

Defence secretary Des Browne said: "I am delighted to announce a further enhancement to the operational welfare package.

“This payment is designed to offset around 25% of their council tax payments while they are on operations. It underlines the government's commitment to support our armed forces and their families.”

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