Printer Friendly

Forces lose out in pay blunder.

TENS of thousands of military personnel have been left out of pocket by bungled salary payments.

More than 50,000 Armed Forces pay packets were short last year - some by hundreds of pounds in a single month.

Thousands more members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force were forced to reimburse the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after almost 20,000 overpayments.

The confusion was put down to a series of failings in the operation of a new administration system - which is not used for MoD officials.

Opposition parties accused the MoD of "incompetence" while servicemen and women were putting their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Liberal Democrat defence spokesman Nick Harvey said: "Day in, day out our armed forces risk life and limb for their country.

"Surely the least Whitehall can do is ensure that their pay is administered in a competent manner."

Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox said: "Forces personnel have enough to worry about as it is without having to check the MoD is paying them correctly.

"The contrast between the professionalism of our troops and the incompetence of the MoD grows by the day."
COPYRIGHT 2008 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2008
Words:192
Previous Article:Balcony plunge mother condemns ruling.
Next Article:Blackmail claim on students' ID cards; Tories hit out at 'introduction by stealth'.
Topics:

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters