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Plans to cut councillors’ mileage expenses

County councillors’ who use their cars on local authority business are to take a cut in their mileage expenses under new plans.

Currently members in Staffordshire can claim 50p a mile for journeys taken for work but are considering giving themselves a 5p pay cut ‘in the interests of fairness’ to bring themselves in line with employee rates.

The move is being proposed as part of a mileage review at the county council.

A report to next week’s meeting of the authority indicates that most employees have already moved to HM Revenue and Customs rates of 45p per mile up to 10,000 miles and 25p after that for all business mileage.

The report says: “Currently Members receive 50p per mile and it was acknowledged in the negotiations that members should be asked to review their rate downwards to 45p per mile up to 10,000 miles and 25p thereafter as has been agreed for employees.”

A vote on the move will be taken at the council’s meeting on July 17.

Source:  http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2014/07/10/plans-to-cut-councillors-mileage-expenses/

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