Top British general given £100k for home upkeep… while soldiers live in squalor

One of Britain’s top generals was given £100,000 ($125,000) just to cover “domestic assistance” at his plush London home last year, despite the daily struggles faced by rank and file soldiers.

General Nick Houghton, who has since retired, enjoyed one of the ‘grace and favor’ homes given to senior military officers. The bill incurred by the taxpayer for cleaning, cooking, and admin in 2016 was £104,000. This was on top of his basic salary of £260,000 per year.

The revelation, which surfaced following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the Daily Mail, will cause anger in the Armed Forces community. Rank and file troops have faced job and pension cuts, a wage freeze and appalling housing standards in recent years.

Houghton has since been replaced as head of the military by Air Marshall Sir Stuart Peach, whose bill for 2016 was £58,000.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) told the Mail: “Official service residences have now been abolished, and all properties are now treated as Service Family Accommodation in the same way.

However, some posts (not people) have a property that is tied to that post; The Chief of Defense Staff and Vice Chief of Defense Staff are two such posts. The reason houses are tied to these posts is due to the nature of those roles.”

The news comes just weeks after it emerged that soldiers in London’s Wellington Barracks had been left with no hot running water and or heating.

Similarly, a report from March 2016 found that serving personnel were deeply unhappy with their one percent pay rise.

Researchers from the Armed Forces Pay Review Body surveyed soldiers across the army in the wake of the pay rise.

On our visits, there was more dissatisfaction expressed over pay levels and the one percent increase than previously,” the report found.

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4 Responses to "Top British general given £100k for home upkeep… while soldiers live in squalor"

  1. Oakenbear  February 4, 2017 at 2:04 am

    It’s exactly the same in daily life, a while back I had a new manager on our shop floor trying to give me the big talk on how to do my job (he’s 28yrs old and just spent last 8yrs at college) – (I’m in my 40s and been on shop floor since I was 15) then I hear he is on £2500 per month! My question is ‘why do they always put idiots in charge’. But I suppose I have just answered my own question, an idiot will always say ‘yes’ to the guy at the top. A soldier will always be the humble warrior serving the overpaid idiots at the top.

  2. Andrew_Bukanov(Russia)  February 2, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Gold rules the world. As we say – they take every opportunity to get jackpot and live good NOW, not to work hard and earn money for decades. In Russia you may steal a bottle of champagne at rice $10 and get 7 years of prison, but if you steal 10 000 of bottles- you will be fined and stay free. Last time our government decriminalize economical Article for the crime to empty many economical prisoners not to be in jail among thieves and murderers.

  3. Jaffer Jamil  February 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Oh, so that’s where the Pakistani & Indian Army got it from!! Nice.

  4. David Odell  February 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Yes, well we can’t very well have bounties or per scalp prices, we have to be dignified and distribute the wealth according to station. Therefore, those who can remain “dignified” and bonafide, returning with the required object of the crowns fancy, must have suitable quarters and sustenance. But Ma’am what about the regular men ? Oh, Henry your such a romantic, we learned long ago, whiskey and Spam seems to subdue their primal needs, just get on with it.

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