Those Cuts To Frontline Public Sector Workers…

July 17, 2012 5 Comments
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….shouldn’t they be to the incompetents responsible for this cock-up instead?

The fire authority agreed to make mileage payments to a number of staff members when its headquarters movedfrom Rayleigh Close in Hutton to Kelvedon Park, near Witham, in May 2008.

The report, entitled Employment Taxes Review and compiled by accountancy firm RSM Tenon, explains: “As part of the move, it was agreed that employees could claim any extra miles to Kelvedon Park over their old journey to Hutton for a period of four years.

“The mileage has been treated as business mileage [but] because the employees are going from their home to their normal place of work, the mileage is not business mileage, it is ordinary commuting mileage and thus taxable in full.”

Whoops!

Brentwood Borough councillor Russell Quirk, who has long been critical of the way the fire service is run, said: “Essex Fire and Rescue management decided to spend thousands of taxpayer pounds on subsidising staff travel for four years but disregarded the fact that those staff members will be subject to National Insurancecontributions.

“For an organisation that spends so much of our money on back office resources and senior management salaries, you wonder how on earth another oversight on their part can possibly occur again.”

Oh, don’t say that! The response will probably be to spend even more money on back office staff to prevent this!

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5 Responses to Those Cuts To Frontline Public Sector Workers…

  1. Mudplugger
    July 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Problem is, they’re still working to rule-books drawn up in times of plenty. In the real world, the choice is “Do you want the job or not ? If you do, here’s the deal – no mileage”.

    In some far-back days working for a nationalised industry, I was once seconded to another office for a few years, which just happened to be 2 miles from home, as opposed to my usual base 15 miles away. Under ‘the rules’ I was not only paid all mileage, I was also able to put all my daily restaurant lunches on expenses. Ridiculous. But that was how ‘the rules’ worked and no-one ever considered how nonsensical they were. Ruined the waistline too.
    I suspect many such organisations still operate similar rules.

  2. July 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    “The mileage has been treated as business mileage [but] because the employees are going from their home to their normal place of work, the mileage is not business mileage, it is ordinary commuting mileage and thus taxable in full.”

    Yes and why is this such an issue?

  3. Tatty
    July 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    What cuts ? Our council has an appalling record on Department (for) Adult Social Services care but not to worry. !!

    They’ve now got a group of cub scouts all trained up, fueled up and ready to deploy at a moments notice should any grown adult suddenly “forget” how to cross the road.

    The wording of this has to be read to be believed….

    link to wirralglobe.co.uk

    :|

    • July 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      :o

    • David A. Evans
      July 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Listen Sonny. do you want to keep those milk teeth ’til they’re ready to drop out on their own? :twisted:

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