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.”