It has been brought to my attention that information is being circulated by line managers encouraging staff to claim directly through the HMRC for the tax-free element. This would mean that you would only receive a small amount and not the full tax-free value.
UNISON has been pursuing this both with Renfrewshire Council and COSLA – we have asked the employer to pay this directly to staff which means you would receive the full £6 per week allowed.
UNISON raised this at the Joint Consultative Board in September/November and we await a response from the Leader of the Council on this matter.
I will keep members up to date with any developments.