hello all, I was alerted by a supply teacher that from April I would no longer be able to claim, food and mileage due to the new rules. Thank you Osborne. NOT I had a phone call from my umbrella company having chased my agency about it. I answered some questions and it appears that depending on how you answer them, determines whether or not you qualify to claim expenses. They are yes/no answers which are tricky if you're full time supply somewhere. anyway, having been told that I can no longer claim expenses at all, I can get something called PERKBOX. I don't know whether I have to buy this or not in order to get...wait for it......free breakdown cover (I assume that's car not for teaching) automatic insurance cover for accidents at work and I heard nothing else because fume was coming out of my ears by then. So, they asked, do I want to be paye with my agency or them. I told them that if I have to pay them 65 quid for the privilege of paying me and I get none of the original benefits then they can go and get............. I'm due to begin a placement and am getting paid my going rate immediately. So what do I do? Demand that I be Paid by my agency or do I threaten them with not showing up for these year 6 children after Easter? Who desperately need me or some stability.... Urgent replies from more people in the know will be most welcome. Thanks.