The rules governing travel and expenses are contained in the department’s travel and subsistence policy and the Civil Service management code.
The Department meets the full cost of authorised overnight accommodation, travel and per diem expenses, actually and necessarily incurred by its staff on official business up to the following limits:
a) Bed and breakfast at max. £125 per night or max. £90 per night (outside London)
b) Travel expenses: travel bookings must be standard class and booked as far in advance as possible to take advantage of the cheapest fares; mileage, which is paid at the rate of 23.8p a mile (public transport rate) or, if there is no public transport available, 40p a mile
c) The per diem is paid against verified receipts, and covers necessarily incurred additional expenditure (excludes alcohol) at the following rates:
• Over 5 hours: up to £4.25
• Over 10 hours: up to £9.30
• Over 24 hours: up to £26.00