Council wants Deeside employers to follow its lead and sign up for the ‘Cycle to work scheme’
Flintshire County Council is giving employees the chance to sign up for the national Cycle to Work scheme, a Tax and National Insurance free initiative, to promote healthier journeys to work and reduce pollution and congestion.
The council wants other local employers to follow their lead by taking part in the scheme, which offers employees up to 25 per cent off the cost of a bike in tax and NI contributions, depending on the individual’s income tax band.
Employers of all sizes across the public, private and voluntary sectors can implement a tax exempt loan scheme for their employees.
The Council aims to show the benefits and encourage other employers to offer staff alternative transport choices and promote cycling as a part of a daily active and healthy lifestyle.
Flintshire County Council in conjunction with marketing services agency, P & MM, launched its first opportunity to take part in the scheme in August 2009. Since the launch of the scheme 270 employees have taken part.
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment said:
“The Council has been part of this scheme for over four years and would encourage anyone who is able, to sign up and cycle to work. It has great benefits from improving health to helping the environment. We’d recommend the scheme to all employers in the County as it doesn’t matter what size your business is, everyone can participate.”
Flintshire County Council’s Cycle to Work Scheme opens for employees on 1 March till 21 March 2014.
For more information on the cycle to work scheme visit the Department of Transport’s website: