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COUNCIL WORKERS SETTLE CAR EXPENSES DISPUTE

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Unison and the Local Government Management Board have settled a bitter three-month dispute on car allowances, repor...
Unison and the Local Government Management Board have settled a bitter three-month dispute on car allowances, reports The Northern Echo (p5).

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.

Staff claiming the present rates will not be penalised for two years while the old agreement is phased out.
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