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Family Lodging Allowance

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War why a married captain over 30 years of age, separated from his wife through service requirements, is eligible for a family lodging allowance at the rate of 8s. 6d. per day if he were commissioned before 1st January, 1942, but only at 4s. per day if he were commissioned after that date?

A new scale of family lodging allowance was introduced on 1st January, 1942, which varied according to the size of the family and not, as the old scale, according to the rank of the officer. Officers serving before this date were, however, allowed to remain on the old scale if they chose to do so. A married captain on the new scale receives in addition to the allowance of 4s. a day for his wife, 3s. for his first child, 1s. 6d. for his second child and 1s. for each additional child as against 8s. 6d. a day irrespective of the size of his family.