The interpretation of NHS E-Expenses and levels of travel scheme

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Conference
2016 Health Care Service Group Conference
Date
18 December 2015
Decision
Carried

The introduction of e-expenses has simplified claiming for expenses for staff that travel a lot with their role as there is an app that you can get on your phone to make this really simple as you start it everytime you get into your car.

Unfortunately, travel is paid at the shortest route and this is causing detriment to staff as any override has to be authorised by the line manager and if they reject the override you only get paid at the shortest route rate.

Staff are already underpaid due to austerity and cuts in the public sector budgets, and are now expected to travel more and more. In this climate the rates for travel are not enough to cover the cost of travelling and staff are in essence out of pocket for doing the job they are employed to do

Conference therefore calls upon the SGE to negotiate changes to travel rates as a matter of urgency.