What is the Cost of LSA & LOA to the UK MOD?

The table below highlights the cost of LSA and LOA to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) between 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

LSA£102 million£100.4 million
LOA£118.8 million£106.5 million


  • The above is taken from the MOD’s Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system on 22 May 2020.
  • Includes all branches of the British Armed Forces.

What is LSA?

  • Known as the Long Seperation Allowance (LSA).
  • Personnel are paid an extra allowance for every night they are away from their home unit.
  • This can be in the UK or overseas.

What is LOA?

  • Known as the Local Overseas Allowance (LOA).
  • Personnel are paid a daily allowance for the extra cost of living in overseas locations.


FOI 2020/05383 dated 04 June 2020.


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