David Cameron sacks adviser in row over Armed Forces pay
James KirkupThe Telegraph has learnt that Prof Alasdair Smith has lost his post as chairman of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body. Military campaigners have criticised the “vindictive” decision to end Prof Smith’s tenure.
The decision to remove him was made weeks after he defied an order to limit pay rises for troops and told ministers that Services personnel needed more money to reflect the additional pressure put on them by redundancies and cuts.
The review body’s annual report was published on Thursday, calling for a 1 per cent increase in basic pay for soldiers, sailors and airmen. The body also recommended a 0.5 per cent rise in the “X-factor”, a supplement added to Forces wages to reflect the hardships and uncertainties of military life. The level of X-factor varies according to rank, but is supposed to increase overall pay to 14 per cent more than a comparable civilian salary.
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