Comptroller and Auditor General’s Observations on Border Allowance


The Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report for 2007 has commented on the payment of Border Allowance to members of the Defence Forces. The report points out that the auditor “was concerned that this allowance continues to be paid while justification for its introduction has long ceased”.

In response to media queries PDFORRA has pointed out that a review of Border Allowance is taking place under the Towards 2016 modernisation agenda and this has been considering the issues raised by the Comptroller and Auditor General. PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney said “The report questions the continued payment of Border Allowance but does not take account of the fact that personnel in receipt of it cannot claim substantial Security Duty Allowance payments or that additional work is being carried because of the security situation on the border”.

Border Allowance was introduced in 1972 in response to the special arrangements made to cope with the security situation in border areas.

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