Monday, November 26, 2007

Or maybe not...

I posted last week about reported cuts to the Post Living Differential Allowance, one of the most important quality-of-life tools available to the CF. Without it, being posted to a major urban centre would be a major financial hardship for many.

Apparently, according to an NDHQ spokesman, the story was overblown:

Your Nov. 22 article, "Ottawa to Axe Soldiers' Bonus," is inaccurate and highly speculative The Post Living Differential Allowance stabilizes the overall cost of living of Canadian Forces members and their families to maintain a relative and predictable cost of living, no matter where in Canada a member is posted. This policy accounts for changes in the cost of goods and services, accommodation, transportation and taxes.

The allowance has been under review to ensure its rates reflect accurately and fairly the needs of its members across the country.

Lieut.-Col. Jamie Robertson, Ottawa

If all the fuss was about a standard periodic review, and not about eliminating the program, then it's nothing more than a tempest in a teapot. RUMINT masquerading as news - it wouldn't be the first time.


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