Tough Times For Expenses - £5 For Lunch

It's a tough time for expenses - especially if your bank has been bailed out.

Here's a recent memo sent to former ABN AMRO staff, who are now part of Royal Bank of Scotland.

'As we are now under RBS contracts (effective 1 November) we have to adhere to the RBS expenses policy (as opposed to the RBS/ABN policy we have been operating under). Please familiarise yourself with all aspects of the policy.

The following allowances MUST NOT be exceeded under any circumstances, these have been set firm by HMRC and there is NO discretion to waive these limitations irrespective of level of management seniority:

Late work / weekend meal: £5.00 per meal

Breakfast when travelling (leaving home prior to 6.30am or outside of hotel): £5.00 per day

Lunch when travelling: £5.00 (per day with receipt only)

Evening meal when travelling (when eating outside hotel): £25.00 per night

Breakfast and dinner when eating inside the hotel must be no more than the hotels standard menu price

Incidental items when travelling (mini bar, newspapers, hotel facilities, laundry etc): £5.00 per night within UK / £10.00 per night when abroad

Client Entertainment

All entertainment expenses in relation to clients or prospective clients must be authorised by the line manager.

Expenses must be in line with the Group and local Gifts and Hospitality policies as well as your line manager's budget and divisional budgetary guidelines. The expense must be reasonable and in keeping with the business relationship for the Group.

All attendees' names must be detailed in full in the expense claim submission.

In relation to taxi travel please adhere to the RBS policy as listed:

Airport transfers: public transport should be taken in preference to taxi/chauffeur driven cars, except when travelling with particularly heavy/bulky luggage or travelling with clients.

General: may be used when travelling with customers; awkward or heavy equipment; when working past 21.00 GMT to travel home'.

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