My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence announced on 25 September 2007 that armed forces personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan who pay council tax, will receive a flat-rate, tax free payment of £140 for a six month tour of duty. The payment is worth around 25 per cent. of the average council tax bill for six months.
The Ministry of Defence intends to widen the scheme to all those deployed on operations and we will continue to liaise with the Ministry of Defence on the feasibility, in the longer term, of a statutory discount scheme.