The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Dope Pedallers?

I have just had notification of the 2009 rates for JPs' expenses. Subsistence has gone up by pennies (it's £7.45 for an absence of over 4 hours, which just about covers a pie and a pint, so fair enough) and the car allowance for larger cars has dropped from 60p a mile to 55p. I have no beef with this (the figures are independently calculated anyway) as the 60p rate was brought in when unleaded was about 115p a litre.
The bicycle rate is now 27p a mile (no, I am not tempted) which has, I think, been reduced in line with the car rates. Extraordinary!