Yesterday one of my friends made this comment on Facebook and I had already spotted that there is a very constructive petition in the Government Petition block. As it happens so did one of her other friends. The petition is available here and it already contains more than 9,000 signatures so it is within a few hundreds of signatures for the Government needing to respond to it. The text is stated below. Another theme I wrote about a few days ago was the focus on our returning to the EU which is a petition that is available here. Yesterday before I spotted the comment from Dawn I was promoting the EU petition and I came across another couple of petitions that I feel are also very good along with the mileage rate unit. There is this petition which is to Stop the government’s ‘one way ticket’ plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda which has over 8,000 signatures and there is this petition which is focused on Stop the privatisation of Channel 4 and that has over 5,000 signatures. All of these petitions are relatively new so there is plenty of time for them to hit 10,000 and potentially 100,000. So here is the text from the mileage petition.
Increase the HMRC Mileage Rate from 45p/mile to 60p/mile
The HMRC mileage rate for reimbursing the use of private cars (e.g. for employees but also volunteers) has been fixed at 45p/mile (up to 10,000 miles) since 2011. The lack of any increase since then is a serious disincentive to volunteer drivers particularly as fuel has gone up again recently.
Since 2011, inflation has gone up by over 25%; fuel has increased by over 20% over the last 5 years. Volunteer car drivers who did so much during Covid, and still do, to get people to healthcare settings, e.g. hospitals, vaccination centres, and to deliver shopping and prescriptions, are not being compensated fairly for the use of their cars. Consequently charities are struggling to recruit new volunteer drivers. These drivers help free up hospital beds and keep people independent and in their own homes.