….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.”
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!