What do I get paid if I have to work away from home?
Changes to the arrangements for officers serving away from their normal place of duty - including on ‘mutual aid’ in another force area:
I am not working at my normal parade station can I claim for a meal?
If an officer is unable to obtain a meal in their usual manner and, as a result, it costs the officer more money, then the officer can claim the difference between what they normally pay and the cost of the replacement meal.
There is no distinction between an officer being on a scheduled tour of duty or being required to work on a rest day. It all hinges around being able to obtain a meal in their normal manner. If they can’t then they can claim.
So, for example if the officer normally takes sandwiches to work, they are placed in the fridge on arrival at work and then the officer is detained away from the station due to operational requirements and is unable to eat the sandwiches then the officer could obtain a replacement meal. If the officer usually buys a meal on duty and is prevented from doing so as normal and necessarily incurs extra expense, then that extra expense can be claimed (i.e. the cost of the usual meal subtracted from the one he/she had to buy).
In respect of officers having to remain on duty past their normal daily period of duty, (those officers who have been placed on 12 hours) once the officer goes beyond 2 hours of their normal scheduled tour of duty they are entitled to claim for a meal they then obtain. This must be reasonable and backed by a receipt.
In conclusion, unless the officers can show they were unable to obtain a meal in their normal manner and have deducted the cost of that meal from the replacement meal the claim will fail.