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HIGHLAND STAFF GET INCENTIVE TO STAY WITH FRIENDS

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Staff at Highland Council are being offered a£10 incentive to stay with friends or relatives when they travel on c...
Staff at Highland Council are being offered a£10 incentive to stay with friends or relatives when they travel on council business instead of taking a hotel room, reports The Scotsman (p7).

The council hopes the scheme will save hundreds of pounds on overnight hotel bills, although there is no similar plan for elected members.

Alan Geddes, finance director, said: 'Occasionally officials have to stay away overnight on business meetings, particularly with an area as large as ours, and sometimes they have to travel south for meetings.

'Provided they have been authorised to make an overnight stay abd they happen to have a friend or relative in the area it dosen't seem unreasonable to encourage them to stay there.'

Clive Goodman, chairman of the personal services committee, said: 'I think it seems quite a fair way forward for all concerned. There is a lot of goodwill among the staff who try and save the money. I understand the council unions have no problem with the proposal.'
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