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New travel reimbursement rates revealed

A new system to pay NHS staff back for the cost of using their vehicles for business will be introduced from 1 July. 

For current 'standard' users who already use the system will see an immediate increase in their reimbursement, as will those who have all or some of the money for public transport use paid back. 

'Regular' users may see an increase, decrease of no change to their payments. 

The new rate will be 67p per mile for the first 3,500 miles and 24p a mile after that. The rate will be automatically reviewed twice a year. 

The current public transport rate (24p per mile) will be replaced by a 'reserve rate'. 

In July, that will be 33p per mile. 

Travel for training will be paid at the full 67p per mile. 

RCN senior employment relations adviser Gerry O'Dwyer said: “For the first time there is now a direct and automatic link between costs and reimbursement. 

“These arrangements should be viewed in the long term and not just their effect on the date of implementation."