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Domiciliary Care Workers

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what rate per mile is paid for travel carried out by domiciliary care workers in each of the Northern Ireland health and social services trusts. (73544)

The actual rate of travel for HPSS employees is a matter for the employer to decide and up-to-date information on the rates in payment is not held centrally. It will take some time to collate this information and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available and place a copy in the Library.

Substantive answer from Paul Goggins to Mr. Gregory Campbell:

Mileage rates paid to domiciliary care workers

Trust

Mileage rate

Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust

Public transport rate

Causeway HSS Trust

Public transport rate

Craigavon and Banbridge Community Trust

Public transport rate

Down Lisburn HSS Trust

Public transport rate

Foyle Community Trust

Public transport rate

Homefirst Community Trust

Public transport rate

Newry and Mourne HSS Trust

Public transport rate

North and West Belfast Community Trust

Bus fares reimbursed up to a maximum of £2.00.

South and East Belfast Community Trust

Domiciliary care workers (now referred to as intensive homecare workers) receive regular users allowance or standard rates depending on the mileage completed and the engine size of the car. The majority of homehelp staff are paid at public transport rate; however, there are three homehelps who receive a regular user allowance in light of special duties carried out.

Sperrin Lakeland Trust

Travel time paid at £6.25 per hour, where appropriate.

Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust

Standard rates or regular user depending on the mileage completed and the engine size of the car. Or if the individual satisfies certain criteria he/she may apply for a leased car. The mileage rate for a leased car is 13.4 pence per mile.

Regular user allowance is paid to employees who are designated by their employer as an essential car user (but it is uneconomic or not possible to offer a leased car) and where in the course of their employment they are required to travel either:

1. An average of more than 3,500 miles a year; or

2. An average of at least 1,250 miles a year and uses their car on average three days a week or spend 50 per cent. of their time on travel; or

3. An average of at least 1,000 miles a year and use their car on average four days a week.

Engine capacity

Up to 1000cc

1001cc to 1500cc

Over 1500cc

Lump sum (£)

508

626

760

Up to 9,000 miles (pence)

27

33.5

40

Thereafter (pence)

16.2

18.3

20.5

Standard rate is paid to employees who use their own vehicle for official business but do not satisfy the criterion for a regular user.

Engine capacity

Up to 1000cc

1001cc to 1500cc

Over 1500cc

Up to 3,500 miles (pence)

34

43

53

Thereafter (pence)

16.2

18.3

20.5

Public transport mileage rate is payable at 23p per mile where the employer deems that standard or regular user rates do not apply.