Employers claim the new allowances will save councils £100 million a year. They wanted to save £600 million by reducing average care allowances from 45p to 38p a mile but Unison said the cuts went against a national agreement from 1946.
But staff took more than 15,000 cars off the road in July and the employers have now agreed to a simpler scheme, says the paper. Twenty-four bands are replaced with 12 and the top rate is cut from 70p to 40p. Staff will not be rewarded for using large cars over 1450cc.