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NHS Mileage Rates – a Year On

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A summary of the changes to the NHS mileage allowances, which will apply to business journeys made on and after 1 July 2014.

The rates of reimbursement are reviewed every April/May and November/December using information published in the AA motoring cost guides, to ensure rates move up and down in line with business motoring costs.

The NHS second review – May 2014

The NHS mileage rates of reimbursement were checked in May 2014 to ensure they continue to reimburse employees in line with motoring costs.  This check looked at all motoring costs in the twelve month period ending in March 2014.  Rates change if the impact on the standard rate is five per cent or greater.

The impact this time was greater than five per cent for the standard rate for miles travelled up to and over 3,500 per year, the motorcycle and reserve rates.  These new lower rates will apply to business journeys made on and after 1 July 2014.

The rates will be checked in November 2014 using information on fuel prices (petrol and diesel) in the twelve months ending October 2014.  The five per cent rule will apply as in the May 2014 review.  Any changes to rates resulting from this check would be effective from 1 January 2015.

The tables below show the comparison of the old and new NHS rates.

nhs mileage rates table

These arrangements do not apply to staff within the remit of the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body.  Very senior managers will be paid according to their local policies and contracts of employment.

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