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AIR MILES BLOCK IN BIRMINGHAM

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Members and officers in Birmingham City Council have been told they cannot hoard Air Mile points accumulated on cou...
Members and officers in Birmingham City Council have been told they cannot hoard Air Mile points accumulated on council business and then use them to cut the cost of personal trips.

International travel sub-committee chair Tony Rust confirmed that any Air Miles collected must be pooled and used as credit towards future official overseas visits.

The move follows a campaign by Tory councillor John Lines against the personal use of Air Miles.

A council spokeswoman said members and officers rarely accrued points because the council tried to use economy rather than business class as often as possible.

But not all members agree they should not redeem their Air Miles. Last year, Albert Bore told the Birmingham Post: 'It's just the same as somebody who gets a petrol allowance for the business use of his car and collects something like Green Shield stamps. You don't hand back your free glass or rubber duck. There's no difference with Air Miles.'

Mr Bore was out of the country when LGC telephoned for comment this week.

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