Away From Home Overnight Allowance


The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by regulation 34 of the Police Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/537), as amended, and having consulted appropriately, makes the following determination.

The Secretary of State has determined that, with effect from 1 March 2015:—

In the determination under regulation 34 of the Police Regulations 2003 (Annex U – Allowances), for the section with the heading ‘AWAY FROM HOME OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE’, there shall be substituted the following:


a) A member of a police force in the rank of constable, sergeant, inspector or chief inspector shall be paid an allowance of £50, to be known as the away from home overnight allowance, in respect of every night on which the member is held in reserve.

b) Subject to sub-paragraph (c), a member is “held in reserve” for the purposes of this paragraph if the member is serving away from his normal place of duty (whether because the member has been provided for the assistance of another police force under section 24 of the Police Act 1996 or otherwise) and is required to stay in a particular, specified place overnight rather than being allowed to return home by reason of the need to be ready for immediate deployment.

c) A member is not “held in reserve” if the member is serving away from his normal place of duty only by reason of being on a training course or carrying out routine enquiries. For the purposes of this paragraph “routine enquiries” means activity which forms part of the member’s role or normal duties where due to the nature of that role or duty, or due to the distance from the home station, the member is unable to return home. It is for the chief officer to determine a member’s role or normal duties, including whether there is an expectation within that role or those duties that the member is to travel or to work away from home.


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