COLA – Attaches Only

COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) aims to compensate for the additional cost of maintaining the same lifestyle as that in the UK. It contains provision for:

  1. Food.
  2. Utilities (except where arrangements exist for the costs to be borne by public funds).
  3. Maintenance of household items.
  4. Domestic assistance.
  5. Other essential living costs, which vary from location to location.

COLA is paid through salary and it based on Personal Status Category and number of children. Current rates can be requested through USA SpGp.

Representational Supplement (Rep Supp)

Rep Supp is paid to attachés and advisers to meet the cost of maintaining clothing and household goods. Rep Supp will not be paid to Embassy-based Service support staff overseas. 

COLA Rates

COLA is paid through salary, and rates are dependent on rank, personal status category and number of children. For current COLA rates please contact the J1 Team.

COLA Flights

Non duty flights back to the UK are not capped at any rate. The current entitlement is one per two years assignment and two for a three-year assignment. 

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2019 @ 9:16 am

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