Council staff ís mileage bill totals £1million!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

MID-ULSTER Council has spent almost £1 million on mileage in the past two years.

The Council splashed out £945,290 of rate payers' money in 24 months on mileage expenses, the second highest total of the 11 Councils in Northern Ireland.

Its mileage bill increased by over £30,000 between 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The bill in the 2015/16 financial year was £456,179, but that was exceeded significantly in the 2016/17 financial year, with the annual bill coming close to half a million, at £489,111.

Mid-Ulster Council has also confirmed that it pays staff 65p per mile for the first 8,500 miles each staff member drives in the year.

That is 20 pence per mile above the HM Revenue and Customs recommended mileage rate of 45p for cars and vans owned by employees and used for business journeys.

Assuming no employees exceeded the 8,500 mile limit on the 65p per mile rate, it would mean Mid-Ulster Council employees have in two years covered almost 1.5 million miles.

Were Mid-Ulster Council to pay the rate of 45 pence per mile, it would have saved the ratepayer almost £300,000 across the two years.

Once Mid-Ulster Council employees exceed the 8,500 mile limit, the mileage rate drops considerably to 16.4p.

Only the neighbouring Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has spent more on mileage than Mid-Ulster, with its total over two years topping £1.15 million.

No other Council has spent more than £800,000 over the same time period.

The Council stated that "cur rent Mid-Ulster District Council mileage allowances for employees are a term and condition of employment which has been carried through from three legacy Councils."


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