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Departmental Pay

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the maximum monthly allowance in addition to basic salary is for civilian employees of his Department working in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan. (254920)

UK civil servants employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Iraq and Afghanistan receive a series of allowances.

Some of these allowances, principally cost of living allowance, are paid to civil servants serving in many countries overseas to compensate them for the actual extra costs of living and working overseas. These costs are based on indicators produced by Employment Conditions Abroad (ECA).

Other allowances, particularly the hardship element of Diplomatic Service Compensation Allowance (DSCA), are paid to staff in difficult and dangerous posts to compensate them for the security threat they face, the lack of basic facilities, risks to health, and frequently lengthy separation from their families. ECA indicators, and security advice, are used to calculate this allowance.

The current monthly rates of DSCA hardship allowance paid to staff at posts in Iraq and Afghanistan are:

£

Kabul

1,510

Kandahar

1,569

Lashkar Gah

1,746

Irbil

1,635

Baghdad

2,306

Basra

2,306