KENNY HIGHLIGHTS WORKERS ARE SUBSIDISING THE GOVERNMENT AS FUEL PRICES SOAR!
EMBARGO: Sunday 12 June 2022, 00:01 hrs. MACASKILL DEMANDS CHANCELLOR INCREASE MILEAGE ALLOWANCE TO SUPPORT KEY WORKERS The ALBA Depute Leader and MP for East Lothian Kenny MacAskill is demanding that the Chancellor of the Exchequer act to tackle rising petrol costs at the pump which are impacting disproportionately on rural communities across Scotland and on essential workersContinue reading "KENNY HIGHLIGHTS WORKERS ARE SUBSIDISING THE GOVERNMENT AS FUEL PRICES SOAR!"
EMBARGO: Sunday 12 June 2022, 00:01 hrs.
MACASKILL DEMANDS CHANCELLOR INCREASE MILEAGE ALLOWANCE
TO SUPPORT KEY WORKERS
The ALBA Depute Leader and MP for East Lothian Kenny MacAskill is demanding that the Chancellor of the Exchequer act to tackle rising petrol costs at the pump which are impacting disproportionately on rural communities across Scotland and on essential workers such as health visitors, district nurses, care workers, taxi drivers, delivery drivers and the self-employed.
He is calling on the Chancellor to immediately increase the mileage allowance. Treasury rates are not only the basis of tax relief but the bench mark for both public and private sector payments to employees. The current mileage allowance (the Approved Mileage Allowance Payment rate), is currently set at 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles within the financial year before it reduces to 25p per mile for any claims above that. With petrol prices now exceeding £2.00 a litre many workers are finding themselves paying to work not just get to work.
In a statement Mr MacAskill said:
“Anyone who drives a car for work is facing the pain of rising petrol costs at the pump with petrol now exceeding £2.00 a litre. Vital services such as health visiting and social care are seeing staff paying to do their essential work. The mileage allowance they receive isn’t enough to pay for the costs of their fuel.
“The mileage allowance has been set at 45p a mile for many years now but the cost of fuel has soared beyond that. It’s now costing people to do the vital work that’s required. Its neither right nor is it sustainable.
“The Chancellor must immediately increase the mileage allowance and the Scottish Government should be demanding action given the needs of our country with remote communities and yet high fuel costs. It is absurd that when new oil fields are being opened off Scotland’s shores, Scots cannot afford to do their work let alone fuel their cars.
“How can it be that Scotland is a major exporter of oil to the rest of the UK and the World and yet our people are paying record petrol prices at the pump?
“It is time for the Chancellor to act and act now, by increasing the mileage allowance, to protect low paid and essential workers and people who live in rural communities – all of whom are disproportionately affected by the rising cost of petrol at the pump.
“In addition it is high time the Scottish Government demanded that the Treasury instruct the Inland Revenue to increase the mileage allowance, which is the basis for tax relief and is the benchmark, for what workers are allowed to claim, currently at 45p per mile and to increase the threshold of 10,000 miles after which the amount reduces to 25p per mile.
“No issue encapsulates better Scotland’s impotence within the Union than petrol prices. With Independence a Scottish Chancellor in Energy rich Scotland would be able to take the action necessary to protect families and essential and low paid workers who are currently paying the price of rising petrol costs. Instead we are forced to go cap in hand to the London Treasury who will never have Scotland’s interests at heart.”
Notes to Editors
- The Approved Mileage Allowance Payment (AMAP) rate is set at 45p per mile for cars and vans for the first 10,000 miles in the financial year and then falls thereafter to 25p per mile.
- See Below previous parliamentary written answer from the Treasury re mileage rates.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to (a) review and (b) change the mileage rate authorised by HMRC. (148399)
Tabled on: 28 March 2022
The Government sets the Approved Mileage Allowance Payments (AMAPs) rates to minimise administrative burdens. AMAP rates aim to reflect running costs including fuel, servicing and depreciation. Depreciation is estimated to constitute the most significant proportion of the AMAP rate.
Employers are not required to use the AMAPs rates. Instead, they can agree to reimburse the actual cost incurred, where individuals can provide evidence of the expenditure, without an Income Tax or National Insurance charge arising.
Alternatively, they can choose to pay a different mileage rate that better reflects their employees’ circumstances. However, if the payment exceeds the amount due under AMAPs, and this results in a profit for the individual, they will be liable to pay Income Tax and National Insurance contributions on the difference.
The Government keeps this policy under review.
Kenny raises a valid concern. These rising fuel prices have a disproportionate impact in Scotland where services have to be provided in less densely populated areas. The one size fits all mantra of the UK always disadvantages Scotland. In this case it is fuel prices but our colder climate ensures Scots pay more to warm of homes yet we only receive the same flat rate Government contribution as those living in South East England who face much smaller bills. It is ludicrous that oil and energy rich Scotland faces these problems on a much greater scale than the rest of the UK.
I am, as always
YOURS FOR SCOTLAND.
BEAT THE CENSORS
Sadly some websites that claim to be pro Indy have turned out to be only Pro SNP sites and have sought to ban any websites that dare to question SNP Policy or tactics. They seek to avoid the public being aware that alternatives to waiting for Westminster to “grant” Scotland a Section 30 to hold a referendum exist. Issues like the flawed franchise, the Claim of Right route, the work of the SSRG and Salvo fill them with dread. As this blog promotes all routes, including alternatives I am banned from these sites and am therefore very grateful to my readers, who knowing about these efforts to ban and suppress go out of their way to subscribe and to share my articles far and wide. It is a good thing that attempts to restrict free speech and censor are defeated in this way.
Free subscriptions are available on this site from both the Home and Blog pages. This will ensure you will be notified every time a new article is posted. Each article already gets posted to many thousands of people, I hope you will come and join us. You will be most welcome.