12.1 CAR PARKING
All authorised car users may claim car parking charges incurred whilst engaged on Council business. It is the responsibility of the employee to ensure that the vehicle he/she is driving (be it their own or the Council's) is legally parked. Any parking fines incurred through illegal parking must be paid by the employee and will not be reimbursed by the Council.
12.2 CAR PURCHASE
Under the City Council's Scheme, car purchase loans will be available to all authorised car users in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in Appendix C1.
12.3 PROFESSIONAL SUBSCRIPTION AND FEES
(with effect from April 2005)
The Council will not pay for annual professional subscriptions and fees except where:
1. It is an essential requirement for the individual employee to practice in the professional role within the Council.
2. It is custom and practice in the market place for the employer to pay.
Please note that a key aim of this policy is to ensure equity of treatment across the Council. Therefore the respective head of profession (i.e. Service Director level) shall determine the application of the policy in each respective professional area.
In order to enable essential contacts to be maintained outside normal office hours, the Council will pay to authorised users, for the installation of a telephone in their private home, together with rental charges and an allowance per quarter for local calls. The cost of trunk calls made on the Council's behalf will also be reimbursed. These allowances are subject to National Insurance contributions.
The allowance will be calculated on a quarterly basis according to the number of calls made (to be certified by the Director) but will be paid each month with salary due.
The payment of any allowance under this section will be conditional upon a suitable entry appearing in the current or next edition of the telephone directory.
See Appendix G.
Employees incurring additional child minding expenses but not receiving overtime payments while undertaking authorised additional duties including training or attending official meetings are entitled to claim the additional cost of child minding incurred.
Employees in receipt of overtime pay may claim additional child minding expenses incurred, whilst attending official evening meetings.
An employee wishing to claim these expenses should apply to his or her manager before attending the meeting and a receipt for the extra cost should be submitted as soon as possible after the event.
The allowance is taxable.
12.7 PROVISION OF SPECTACLES FOR DSE (VDU) OPERATORS
In line with the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations, the City Council provides free eye and eyesight tests to Display Screen Equipment 'Users' via a mobile opticians (Kodak). The City Council has arranged with Kodak the provision of corrective appliances (glasses) at a discounted rate for all employees including those for DSE use.
Details of the City Council's DSE eye care voucher scheme are available from the Employment Service Centre, HR Pay & Benefit Team.
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Last Updated: 14 February 2013 SHR/OO-T [SECTION 12.7]
Updated: 15 December 2009 PAWS/SY
Updated: 21 November 2001