The purpose of this policy is to set out the procedures relating to official travel and the entitlement to travel and subsistence (T&S) claims. The provisions of this policy are designed to ensure that best value for money is achieved. The policy identifies the most appropriate arrangements for T&S costs.
In addition to the above, SEStran also has an obligation under Section 44 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to act:
In a way best calculated to contribute to the delivery of the Act’s emissions reduction targets;
In a way best calculated to deliver any statutory adaptation programme, and
In a way that it considers most sustainable
Adherence to the guidance within this procedure will ensure that business travel arrangements are safe, cost effective and compliant with SEStran’s environmental and legal obligations.
SEStran recognises that there may, on occasion, be circumstances when it would be more beneficial for staff to work from home. However, employees are contractually obliged to work mainly from the SEStran offices and home working is for extenuating circumstances or when approved in advance by relevant managers. The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that all home working is properly assessed, monitored and reviewed to ensure the safety of employees and efficiency of business. SEStran will take all practical steps to identify any additional risks associated with home working and remove or reduce the risks to an acceptable level.
The South-East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) is committed to reducing the financial and environmental impact arising from its business travel. SEStran is tasked with reducing its carbon emissions through the Public Body Duties under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. Where possible, the aim of this policy is to encourage employees to reduce unnecessary travel and encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport. However, SEStran recognises that occasionally there is no alternative to using a car for business travel and this policy is not intended to impede business travel where it is required nor to restrict car use where it is the most appropriate mode of transport for business purposes. This policy applies to all staff employed by SEStran and all Board members of SEStran.
SEStran aims to recruit and retain high calibre employees and ensure a commitment to equal opportunities. This policy outlines the provisions available to employees in order to assist in the balance of work and family/parental commitments.
SEStran is wholly committed to preventing bribery and corruption in all our dealings and relationships, and upholding all relevant laws, including the Bribery Act 2010. Bribery and corruption in any form are unacceptable and will lead to disciplinary action where allegations are substantiated. SEStran operates a zero tolerance approach to these matters.
SEStran aims to provide excellent public service and needs to ensure propriety and accountability in all matters. SEStran is determined to protect itself and the public from fraud and corruption and is committed to the rigorous maintenance of a strategy for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption.
SEStran takes complaints very seriously. Complaints not only help us to investigate and put right anything which a complainant feels we have done wrong, but are also an extremely useful form of feedback to help us to improve services for our stakeholders and users of our services. As well as welcoming complaints we are delighted to receive commendations, which confirm our achievement of the high standards which we aim to provide.