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Nurses win mileage allowance rise

Nurses in the UK fretting over rising fuel prices will be heartened by the news of a 10% increase to their mileage allowance.

The move follows year-long negotiations with NHS employers led by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Nurses will now be reimbursed at the top regular user rate of 44p - a 4p increase - and the top standard user rate will be 58.3p - a rise of 5.3p.

Other increases will see the passenger allowance rise from 2p to 5p, the cycle rate from 6.5p to 10p, and public transport rates from 23p to 24p, with immediate effect.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said: "This agreement is a step in the right direction and forms part of a bigger picture in delivering a better deal for nurses.

"The RCN is still calling on the Government to abandon plans to increase fuel costs by 2p a litre in October and ease the financial burden on dedicated health care workers."

The RCN is now seeking increases in the Annual Mileage Allowance Payment (AMAP).

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Are rising fuel prices having a big impact on your life? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"I have just realised that the £61 per month (tax free!) they give me to use my car is included in my AMAP calculation so this year I have allegedly benefited by £400, which makes the £61 taxable. I now have to include this in my tax credit return which pushes us over the threshold so the paultry £500 I would have recieved I now loose! Never mind the road tax, insurance, service, MOT, new tyres etc I have paid for." - Carly

"I have started a petition to collect names for a rise in fuel allowance for leased cars. After all, we still pay for them - it costs me £70 a week from my wages to do my job." -  Jean Sneddon, Lanarkshire

"I only recieve 43p per mile for petrol. I work 2 days a week and recieve no car allowance, so 10% does not cover the extra cost of petrol. The NHS does not regulaly update our petrol allowance, it only responds to crisis." - P Goldsmith, Derwentside

"I am sure for the health professionals who run their own car, this increase is welcome, but will hardly offset the increase in fuel costs. However, those of us who run lease cars have not seen any change to date, and in addition we cannot claim any allowance for passengers!" - Gordon Youngham, Newcastle Upon Tyne

"I also have a lease car and my diesel is 131.9p a liter. The 8p I get is not even 10% of this cost." - Kerry Harris-Pincher, South Staffordshire

"Is the rate also rising for lease car users, as currently we only get 8p per mile?" - Dawn Sucevic, Walasll, West Midlands