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Nurses call for improved petrol allowance

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Rising petrol costs have prompted nursing unions to call for an increase in petrol allowances in the NHS.

Unison has written to more than 400 branches calling for local agreements because demands for an increased allowance have been rejected nationally.

NHS staff who need their cars for work include district nurses, health visitors, school nurses, community midwives, psychiatric nurses and nursing assistants.

Current NHS fuel allowances range from 23p-40p per mile. The tax-free threshold for drivers using their own car for work was set in 2002 and is 40p up to 10,000 miles.

Since 2002, the cost of petrol has increased from 76p per litre to 112p per litre.

Gail Adams, Unison head of nursing, said: ‘Everyone knows that is costs a small fortune to fill up your car, but NHS Employer nationally will not listen to reason. We want branches to get local managers to see sense and add 10% to fuel allowances as a matter of urgency.’
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  • I support any initiative to increase the car allowance. Not only for myself but for the support workers who substantially support service users in the community. Without their input, the well being of service users could decline and then they would require expensive health services such as admissions to hospital.

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