Council staff gearing up for changes

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Changes are to be made to the way city council staff claim their mileage allowance in a bid to save up to £100,000 a year.

The council’s personnel committee has approved changes to vehicle allowances which mean some members of staff will no longer be deemed ‘essential’ vehicle users and others ‘casual’ users.

Instead, a new single vehicle allowance scheme will remove any burden placed on an individual to use their own vehicle for business use.

The council has more than 100 employees whose posts are currently designated as essential car users.

The move is expected to save the council up to £100,000 a year.

A report to the personnel committee said: “The council is facing significant financial challenges over coming years and, in line with many other public sector organisations, careful consideration is needed on how we can reduce our costs whilst maintaining effective service delivery.

“The proposals being presented to the personnel committee for approval are similar to those that have been adopted by other local authorities and across the National Health Service.”

The new scheme will begin on April 1 2014 to give affected staff time to address any personal issues before the new arrangement comes into effect.

From then, no post within the council will be designated as an ‘essential vehicle user’.

The committee agreed to move away from the current National Joint Council Car Allowance Rates in favour of the HMRC ‘AMAP’ rates.

The current rate for a car using business miles under AMAP is 45p a mile for the first 10,000 miles (25p after that).