Community nurses have won a small concession from the government: a rise in mileage rates for using their cars for work.

Dr Peter Carter, the Royal College of Nursing's Chief Executive and General Secretary, said: "We are pleased that the government has acted on nurses' concerns and increased mileage rates for those using their cars for work.

"Nurses working in the community have effectively been subsidising the NHS and members have strongly urged that this be recognised.

"We also welcome the increase in personal tax allowances, as well as the reduction in fuel duty.

"However, nurses and other NHS staff earning over £21,000 are about to suffer a two-year pay freeze and inflation is effectively rising at a rate of over four times their salaries. We fear that the result will be nurses continuing to struggle with commitments like childcare, housing costs, heating, and other household essentials."

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