Air fare perk cut for civil service children

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 November, 1997, 12:00am

Children of civil servants seeking education in Britain will only be reimbursed 75 per cent of their air fares instead of the full subsidy, according to an Executive Council decision.

The Government told the provisional legislature the move would save $17 million a year.

Civil servants recruited before August 1, 1996, were entitled to an overseas education allowance and school passages for up to four dependent children. The original package gave a youngster under 19 two economy class return tickets, and a student between 19 and 21 one return ticket every 12 months.

Now, staff will get 75 per cent of the student fare or the lowest economy class ticket.

The cost-cutting measure will be implemented from July next year.

The Government said its recommendations were in response to a Director of Audit report.