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Civilians working in the United Kingdom will soon see a bigger paycheck due to more post allowance.

Some active-duty personnel in the U.K., meanwhile, will also receive a higher adjustment, though they won’t see as much of an increase as their civilian counterparts.

Some U.S. civilian employees in the U.K. will see their allowance double, a rise attributed to changes in the currency exchange rate as of Feb. 5, according to the State Department’s Web site.

RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath are among the U.K. locations that will see the biggest boost in post allowance. There, for example, civilians earning between $42,000 and $44,999 annually will see yearly post allowance grow from $1,480 to $2,960, a 50-percent increase. Per paycheck, the new amount will be $114, up from $57, for that pay range.

But such post allowance gains may be short-term.

The British pound on Monday dropped to $1.4267 from $1.4355, after CBI, Britain’s biggest business lobby, predicted the country’s gross domestic product will shrink 3.3 percent in 2009, news services reported this week.

The State Department reviews post allowance for civilians living overseas biweekly, implementing any changes by the first day of each pay period, according to the department’s Web site.

The cost-of-living adjustment will increase for only a few active-duty personnel in the U.K.

Of 22 locations receiving COLA in the U.K., only five will see a 2-point-index increase, according to the latest figures released by the Pentagon’s Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee. Among them are High Wycombe/Daws Hill in London and RAF St. Mawgan in Scotland. Elsewhere in the U.K., COLA will stay the same.

Though small, the COLA change for the five U.K. spots are better than a few areas across Europe that will see 2-point declines, on the heels of a declining euro. Those areas seeing declines include Vicenza, Italy, and Brussels, Belgium.

In the largest military communities in Germany, including Stuttgart, Heidelberg, and Kaiserslautern, COLA rates will remain the same.

Post allowance for civilians across all locations in Belgium will also drop starting with the next paycheck, according to the State Department. A civilian earning between $30,000 and $32,999, for example, will receive $1,952 less annually — or $75 less per paycheck.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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