Free car parking for 500 Carlisle council workers
Last updated at 09:54, Tuesday, 29 January 2013
More than 500 permits have been given to city council workers in Carlisle so they can park for free.
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People need to get their facts straight. Parking provision by any employer is a non-taxable benefit. HMRC guidance 480 section 237,261 qnd 267 apply. There wouldn't suddenly.be Â£300,000 extrq income to the council as only few would pay, then there would just be another empty car park.
Don't know how your relative manages that City Council slagged off again- the rest of us pay over Â£9 and have done for some time!!
@ Anon on 30 January -There is a very clear difference between car parks on private land, owned by individuals or companies and that of land and land operated to raise funds for the general well being of the council controlled area.There is no public money being used to support car parking in Pirelli. However public money is used to provide a parking service, for which users of the facility must have a permit. These permits cost money, and where they are provided to staff at no charge this is a Benefit in Kind. In other words, if that employee wasn't parking there, it would be available for a paying member of the public to use, and thus putting funds into the council coffers.Should the council have a private car park, then that is very different, they don't so it is a benefit.I have no issue with staff having these benefits, but lets be clear that it is a benefit, not a right.Furthermore, there is never a guarantee of parking revenue - Statistics can be made to reflect the view of anyone, if they are presented accordingly. The fact remains though, if a council employee is parked in a space, it is not available for revenue, irrespective of probability or surveys.