How do they arrive at those subsistence allowances? For up to 5 hours they give you £2.25. I think you’d be lucky to find somewhere that’ll sell you a coffee for £2.25. If you’re there any more than 4 hours you’d probably want lunch. Cheapest way to buy a reasonable lunch when out and about I know of is a supermarket meal deal which will be at least £3. I wonder how much administration cost could be saved by eliminating the subsistence claim and giving everyone a £10 note, or vouchers for whatever food/drink outlet is in the court building, on arrival.