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Calls for increased fuel allowance

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Nursing unions are calling for an increase in nurses’ fuel allowance to help cover the hike in petrol costs.

Unison has written to more than 400 branches calling for revised local agreements because demands for an increased allowance have been rejected nationally by NHS Employers. The RCN has also written to chancellor Alistair Darling calling for an improvement to the fuel allowance. Both are due to meet with NHS Employers this week.

Interim guidance set by NHS Employers in January states the mileage rate for staff travelling up to 9,000 miles per year in small cars should increase from 27p to 29.7p per mile, and from 16.2p to 17.8 p per mile after 9,000 miles. For those with larger cars it should increase from 33.5p to 36.9p per mile and 18.3p to 20.1p per mile, respectively. But since 2002, the average cost of petrol has increased from 76p per litre to 112p per litre.

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