Temporary Cessation Excess Commute – 1 September 2020

Date Published: 07 September 2020

The Travel and Subsistence Procedure currently requires employees to deduct their normal commuting mileage when claiming for business journeys.  However, as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic many employees are having to work from home on a full-time basis and it is anticipated that this will continue to at least the end of the calendar year.

The Strategic Leadership Team have therefore agreed that for those employees who are continuing to work from home due to the pandemic, there will be a temporary cessation of the requirement to deduct their normal commuting mileage.    This cessation will apply in cases where an employee is required to undertake a business journey to a location other than their normal work base.   

This will be implemented for an initial period of 4 months, commencing for any business journeys claimed on or after 1 September.  A further review will be undertaken in December 2020 to determine whether there is a requirement to extend this arrangement.


Please note that where normal commuting mileage is not being deducted, employees must enter a ‘0’ in the ‘Normal daily commute mileage (B)’ column, as illustrated below.  This applies to claims being submitted via ESS or by paper form. 



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If you require any further information or guidance please contact travel@aberdeenshire.gov.uk