At CTA, we understand how challenging work has been not just through Covid-19 but also as we come out of the pandemic. The challenges the cost-of-living crisis, rising fuel and energy costs and employee shortages is having on already squeezed budgets. This is why CTA is leading the AMAP Campaign, calling for the UK Government to increase the Approved Mileage Allowance Payment (AMAP) which is the maximum level at which volunteer drivers can be reimbursed without any impact on their tax obligations or benefit entitlements.
The AMAP rate of 45p per mile was last reviewed in 2012. Before the cost-of-living crisis, the cost of motoring had already increased by 25% according to research by the RAC and in the month of June fuel price records were broken multiple times with the average price for a litre of petrol at UK forecourts was 191.1p on Monday 27th June and diesel was up to 198.96p on the same date according to RAC Fuel Watch. We understand these surging costs are putting volunteer-run transport services at risk and we are urging the government to step in and help.
We have written numerous Ministers including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nadhim Zahawi and transport related MPs across the UK raising the issue on behalf of a coalition of 11 Volunteer related charities which have come together behind CTA’s campaign to drive the call forward through their networks including; Communities 1st ,Volunteer Now (NI), National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Scottish Volunteering Forum, Volunteer Scotland, Volunteering Matters, the Royal Voluntary Service, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA).
The strategy of the campaign is to compile a case together for submission to the Treasury ahead of the Autumn statement. We have been advised that this is the best window of opportunity to get the rate increased, we are working collectively with these volunteer organisations to prepare the necessary submission paperwork and will be working hard to put the best case forward to deal with the real challenges your members, and your volunteers are dealing with in the face of spiralling inflationary rises.
Thank you to all of you who filled in our questionnaire and wrote to your local MP’s, we have been getting the responses back over the last few weeks and it really helps to feed into our campaign to get an updated view of the government’s position. It was pleasing to see the call for a review of the AMAP rate for volunteer drivers was raised in a parliamentary debate recently off the back of one of our members writing to their MP. If you haven’t had the chance to write to your local MP and would like to please find the template document here.
Make sure you keep us up to date with any response you may get by emailing email@example.com.
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