POA Circulars

84 | 04.10.2016

NTS 36/16 REDUCTION IN THE RATE OF OVERNIGHT SUBSISTENCE PAYMENTS - WITH EFFECT FROM 1 OCTOBER 2016

On 29th September 2016 the NEC determined to promulgate the above NTS and provide members with a summary of events in regard to this notice.

The NEC has been successful in challenging NOMS over the introduction of this policy since 2014.

In 2014 HMRC stated that any overnight allowance paid by NOMS over £25 was subject to tax.

In 2014 following representations from the NEC, NOMS sought and received a years’ grace to the policy change from HMRC.

In 2015 NOMS agreed to cover the taxable element of £1 and retained the overnight allowance at £26.

As of 1st October 2016 the overnight allowance will be reduced to £25 and despite the NEC’s objections and alternative proposals NOMS has decided to comply with the HMRC rules.
This is another example of NOMS saving money at the expense of frontline operational staff who by their goodwill volunteer for detached duty. Prisons are mothballed and closed resulting in members being forced to work further away from home and/or travelling around 3 hours a day over and above their scheduled shift and this is how NOMS show their thanks.

NOMS are reliant on members volunteering for detached duty and have given a commitment that they will not compel staff to go. It is a members’ choice as to whether they volunteer or not. However, the NEC urge all members to ensure that they are fully aware of their rights and entitlements under the T&S manual and all disputes must be resolved before they leave their establishment. It is advisable to get written confirmation as to what you have been authorised to claim when being sent or volunteering for detached duty.

Please draw the contents of this Circular to your members and ask your local SMT to provide any members with a summary of their entitlements before sending them on detached duty. 

Yours sincerely

ANDY DARKEN
Acting General Secretary