Police: Car Allowances

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the police are paid 65 pence per mile for the use of private cars on official business; and whether they are required to pay tax on the surplus they receive above the 45 pence HM Revenue and Customs Mileage Allowance payment which is non-taxable.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Motor vehicle allowance rates are set out in determinations made under the Police Regulations 2003. The current rates were reviewed and agreed in 2012 by the Police Negotiating Board following a recommendation by Sir Thomas Winsor in his Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff Remuneration and Conditions (Part 1, 2011) that the existing Motor Vehicle Allowance for police officers should be retained, as “it provides officers with fair reimbursement of their motoring costs incurred in the performance of their duties”.

Any surplus mileage allowance paid above the 45 pence HM Revenue and Customs Mileage Allowance must be declared for tax purposes as a benefit in kind unless alternative arrangements have been agreed by a police force with HMRC.

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