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Departmental Pay

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 24-hour overnight allowance for his Department’s civil servants based outside London is when working in London. (197343)

The 24-hour overnight allowances payable to DWP employees is a national rate and therefore the same whether employees are working in London or in any other part of the country.

Applicable rates are as follows:

Actual costs for accommodation and breakfast booked via the hotel booking agent. When not booked via the agent, costs must be supported by a receipt and are limited to £451.

In addition, a flat rate amount of £21 is payable to cover the cost of lunch, evening meal and any incidental travel2. In exceptional circumstances, actual costs for meals and incidental travel is paid if expenses are incurred above the flat rate. Receipts will be required in these circumstances

If the individual chooses to stay with friends or relatives, then a night subsistence allowance of £25 is payable for each day.

Additionally, £5 per night is paid to cover personal incidental expenses such as newspapers or phone calls home.

1 Hotel accommodation is normally arranged through a booking agent who charge DWP directly. In exceptional circumstances, the individual may arrange their own accommodation but expenses for this are limited to £45 per night.

2 The rate reduces where individuals remain away from home for over 30 nights without a break of more than two weeks and remain in hotel accommodation. In these circumstances, the individual can claim the actual cost of the evening meal (excluding alcohol) up to £16.50.