It’s estimated that a total of £153,000 will be saved this year by staff who have signed up for one of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) “green” travel scheme initiatives.
Hundreds of nurses, doctors, porters and cleaners are reaping the health and financial benefits of signing up for the Cycle to Work scheme which offers staff the opportunity to buy a bike at a reduce rate and make the payments through a Salary Sacrifice Tax Reduction.
The cycle initiative, which is run jointly by the Department for Transport and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, is designed to encourage members of staff to choose an active form of transport to get to work and has been so successful that NHSGGC is the only Board to be included in the national Cycle to Work top ten.
It is one of a range of “green” travel initiatives on offer to NHSGGC staff. Another option allows staff an annual interest free loan to purchase a Strathclyde Partnership for transport (SPT) Zonecard and make repayments through their salary. There is also the option to apply for both Scotrail and camac annual tickets again through the salary deduction scheme.
Ian Reid, Director of Human Resources, NHSGGC, said: “We encourage staff to leave the car at home and enjoy the health and wealth benefits they can achieve by signing up to one of our range of alternative travel initiatives.
“Staff who choose the Cyclye to Work scheme can save a bit of money when they purchase a bike through the scheme and their health will benefit as well.
“There are also two pilot car share initiatives which are proving extremely popular. All of these initiatives are designed to help our staff get to work and help reduce our carbon footprint and cut congestion.”
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