Lancaster City Council has done a U-turn on plans to change the way staff claim their mileage.
Last summer the council’s personnel committee approved changes to vehicle allowances which meant some members of staff would no longer be deemed ‘essential’ vehicle users and others ‘casual’ users.
Instead, a new single vehicle allowance scheme would 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 designated as essential car users, and it was hoped the move would save up to £100,000 a year.
However, the council’s Joint Consultative Committee did not support the decision.
Further reviews will now be carried out by service heads to determine transport needs.
From this week, no employyee of the council will be under any obligation to use their vehicle for business use, and therefore no post will be designated as an ‘essential vehicle user.’