Posted: Mon 8th Feb 2016

Cycle to Work scheme

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

Flintshire County Council launched its first Cycle to Work Scheme in August 2009 in conjunction with P & MM (an award winning marketing services agency that specialises in performance improvement). Since the launch of the scheme approximately 312 employees have participated in the scheme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cycle to Work is a Tax and National Insurance free scheme to help promote healthier journeys to work and reduce pollution and congestion. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

By taking part in the scheme employees can save an average of up to 25% off the cost of a bike in tax and NI contributions (depending on the individuals income tax band). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Council aims to show the benefits of a Cycle to Work scheme and encourage other employers to offer their employees alternative transport choices and promote cycling as a part of a daily active and healthy lifestyle. Employers of all sizes across the public, private and voluntary sectors can implement a tax exempt loan scheme for their employees. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The Cycle to Work scheme has great benefits from improving health to helping the environment. The Council has been part of it for over five years and would encourage anyone who is able, to sign up and cycle to work. It doesn’t matter what size your business is, everyone can participate and we’d recommend the scheme to all employers in the County.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Council employees can register to participate in the Spring 2016 Cycle to Work Scheme between 8 February – 4 March 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

For more information on Cycle to Work Scheme visit the Department of Transport’s website at http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/cycling/cycletoworkguidance/. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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