Tax cut v equipment

In response to criticism from the Royal British Legion and the head of the Army soldiers serving a six month tour in Iraq or Afghanistan are expected to recieve a £140 council tax or rates rebate. This will be paid for out of the existing MOD budget. The same budget that for some reason finds it very difficult to stretch to things like flak jackets or have enough serviceable helicopters to supply the front-line.

  • Paul

    Who cares? Still behaving like animals I note.

    The elephants were said to be displeased by low-flying helicopters
    British soldiers training in Kenya have been accused of frightening wildlife.
    The soldiers, it is claimed, have been flying helicopters so low that they are scaring off the wild animals who live in the game reserves.

    And game wardens in the Samburu district have complained that British forces are doing little to help the country’s conservation efforts.

    Members of the First Royal Irish Regiment are undertaking training exercises in Kenya.

    ‘Illegal’ safaris

    Just days after their arrival at Archers Post, about 100 miles (161km) north of Nairobi, they have been accused of illegally conducting their own safaris from the air, flying helicopters alarmingly low and scaring off the animals in the nearby game reserves.

    A senior warden from Shaba and Buffalo Springs game reserves, Mohammed Tubi, said the soldiers had hovered low in helicopters above the parks for up to 15 minutes at a time.

    The deafening noise had scared off elephant, giraffe and other wild animals, he said.

    He added that if the soldiers wanted to see Kenyan wildlife, they should pay like any other tourist and come in by road.

  • gram

    I’m assuming the soldier’s families won’t be using any council services while their heroes are off in Iraq?

  • Reader

    gram: I’m assuming the soldier’s families won’t be using any council services while their heroes are off in Iraq?
    It’s a £140 rebate for a 6 month tour. If anything, it still looks rather mean. Especially since the council is still getting the money from the MOD anyway.