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|RAF war veterans forced to hand over up to £12,000 in salary blunder|
RAF war veterans forced to hand over up to £12,000 in salary blunder stretching back 15 years
Courageous RAF personnel who have served in Afghanistan are among scores of servicemen who will be made to pay back thousands after a wages blunder stretching back years.
According to The Sun more than 100 ground staff have been told they have been incorrectly paid too much for at least the last 15 years.
The longest-serving RAF staff to be affected will have to hand over up to £12,000 back to the Ministry of Defence, according to sources.
Members of RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire’s Tactical Communications Wing have been informed, many are currently on a tour of duty in Afghanistan or have previously served in the middle east country.
The wages error occurred from the processing of small pay increments awarded when staff obtained technical qualifications like NVQs.
It is believed that staff have been paid too much for the level of qualification they attained.
The mistake was highlighted when an accountant found a single error. This was followed up by an investigation which revealed the problem was widespread.
At present it is unclear whether it was human error or the fault of a computer, but a source said the revelation had left staff extremely angry.
He said: ’It’s a real kick in the teeth and a disgusting way to treat people serving their country.’
The RAF has confirmed that a forced pay-back scheme is in operation but a spokesman said that procedures were in place to ensure that individuals concerned would not suffer hardship.
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