By James Lyons
The windfall for those at the top comes as four years of public sector pay curbs leave troops up to £1,300 worse off each.
Chancellor George Osborne is putting hundreds of thousands of pounds into the pockets of defence chiefs while slashing troops’ pay.
His decision to axe the 50p tax rate will mean windfalls of up to £5,130 a year each for well-paid top brass.
Figures show 141 Army, Navy and RAF commanders will benefit, sharing an extra £206,156 a year in their pay packets.
Dozens of senior civil servants working at the Ministry of Defence will benefit as well as commanders, receiving up £4,500 a year more.
But the windfall for those at the top will come as four years of public sector pay curbs leave troops up to £1,300 worse off each.
A Budget backlash forced Mr Osborne to ditch taxes on churches, charities, caravans and pasties, but they are ploughing ahead with plans to cut the top rate of tax to 45p, which only helps those earning £150,000 and above.
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy, who unearthed the figures, said: “David Cameron is boosting the incomes of the top brass while lowering reward and opportunity for the lowest paid.
“The Government’s priorities are baffling and backwards.
“The disastrously unfair budget gave a tax cut to those at the very top earning more than most families, while those earning the least are losing their allowances.
“It is as unjust as it is unbelievable.
“The Government should immediately ask the Armed Forces Pay Review Body to conduct a study into how greater support can be given to the lowest paid, and whether allowances and pay could be more fairly redistributed.”
Mr Cameron went in to the election promising to improve rewards for soldiers, sailors and airmen.
But pay and perks have been cut, pensions are under threat and thousands are being thrown on the dole as part of swingeing defence cuts that have also seen aircraft carriers and warplanes axed.
This article was originally published in the Daily Mirror.