Will expenses rates be changed in light of the new HMRC mileage rates?

QUESTION:

With the cost of motoring constantly going up and with HMRC raising the approved mileage rates from 40p per mile, up to 45p per mile (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/travel.htm) why haven’t the University followed suit and increased their own rate to 45p?

I think it is unfair for University staff to end up out of pocket for travelling which they are forced to do to carry out their job.

 

ANSWER:

The HM Revenues and Customs outlines a rate for which mileage may be reimbursed, to a maximum before tax would be due. This  has recently increased from 40 pence per mile to 45 pence per mile.  This is not a recommendation for organisations, merely a stated amount before tax would be due.

The University is currently reviewing the expenses rates within our regulations to ensure they are appropriate. This review will be shared with the unions and following their views will progress to Executive to discuss and finally approval.

Mileage rates will be looked at as part of this process.