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Information about our employee benefits package, available to all Leicestershire County Council, Local Authority schools and ESPO employees.

‘My benefits’ brings together a wide range of national and local offers, along with clear information on other Leicestershire County Council employee benefits. Discounts and benefits include saving money at high-street stores, discounts on your supermarket shopping and special offers on leisure activities and gym memberships.

Register for ‘My benefits’ with leics.widerwallet.com using access code S981216R.  You can choose to register using either your personal or work email address/telephone number.

Once registered, to make use of the discounts, simply show your LCC ID card or show the front of your LCC payslip. If you do not have either of these, please e-mail employee.benefits@leics.gov.uk requesting proof of employment.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Council has launched a new cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme which is available for you to join; helping you keep fit and save money on your commute. The Scheme Rules along with further information is available via workplacebikes.com.

Please be aware that 50% of the use of the bike must be for work purposes and, prior to your order being confirmed, you will be contacted to confirm that you accept this and to ensure that your journey, or part journey, from home to work is feasible.

You can select bikes from Halfords or one of its participating network of cycle stores in Leicestershire, information on participating stores can be found at the side of this page. 

The Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Scheme allows you to hire a bike and/or accessories of your choice up to the purchase value of £1,000 and make tax and NI savings on the deductions from your salary.

If you haven’t thought about cycling to work before, now is the time to start!

It’s simple; choose a bike and accessories from Halfords or from their extensive network of independent retailers and spread the cost of the hire over 18 months by monthly deductions from your salary.

Examples of savings to be made:

The example below is based on a bike with a retail price of £1,000, with an equivalent salary sacrifice of £55.55 per month over 18 months.  Your savings will depend on the price of the bike and the amount of tax and National Insurance you normally pay.

Tax bandPercentage SavingReduction in monthly net pay (over 18 months)Total reduction in net pay (over 18 months)Overall saving againts retail price
Basic rate32%£37.78£680£320
Higher rate42%£32.22£580£420
Additional rate47%£29.45£530£470

Please note: Leicestershire County Council owns the bike and accessories. You do not have an automatic right to retain the cycle and accessories at the end of the 18 month hire agreement. However, at the end of the hire agreement, the employee will be notified of the options which may be available to them as there is no automatic entitlement to take ownership of the bike and accessories. 

These may include:

  • To return the bike and accessories to Leicestershire County Council.
  • To purchase the bike.  The cost of the bike is determined by HMRC’s calculation of the market value, as follows. Purchasing the bike will cost 16% (inclusive of VAT) of the original price of the bike and accessories if these were below £500, or 21% (inclusive of VAT), if the original cost was above £500 to a maximum of £1,000.  If the employee purchases the bike they will receive a letter transferring ownership of the bike to them.  
  • To retain the bike on an extended hire agreement.  The original hire agreement with the County Council will cease and the extended agreement will then be between the employee and Halfords.  Employees will not be required to make any further hire payments and will be able to retain the bike and accessories cost free for the duration of the extended hire period, providing they remain employees of the County Council.

When employees have made their choice from the options above, they will be informed of the specific arrangements to take up their chosen option.

How do I get involved?

Read the scheme rules to see if you are eligible.  You also need to be happy that you fully understand the terms and conditions before applying to join the scheme.  This information can be found by visiting workplacebikes.com.

Select a bike and accessories (up to a total value of £1,000) from Halfords or one of its participating cycle companies - a list of stores can be found at www.workplacebikes.com

Sign up to the scheme by any of the following methods:

  • complete an online application form at workplacebikes.com
  • complete a paper copy by visiting the cycle store or contact Workplace Bikes directly on 0800 612 7110.
  • Agree to the hire arrangement by completing a variation to employment contract which explains how much your salary deductions will be each month. On agreement, you’ll receive a collection letter; simply take this to your chosen store along with a photo ID, proof of date of birth and address to receive your cycle and accessories.

You will need the County Council access code to register for the scheme - S981216R. You will also need your payroll number and national insurance number which can be found on your payslip.

Please note: employees wishing to join the scheme and who are currently on a fixed-term contract of less than 2 years, please email employee.benefits@leics.gov.uk for advice.

I want more information, who do I contact? 

If you are interested in joining the scheme please visit the Workplacebikes website or for advice about the scheme contact them directly on 0800 612 7110. Information can also be found by emailing choosehowyoumove@leics.gov.uk or calling 0116 305 7786 or emailing employee.benefits@leics.gov.uk.

KiddiVouchers (Childcare Salary Sacrifice Scheme)

The government has confirmed that the implementation of Tax-Free Childcare has been delayed until early 2017, due to the legal challenge to the appointment of NS&I to deliver the scheme. They have stated they are committed to implementing Tax-Free Childcare and will release exact rollout dates in due course.

The current childcare voucher scheme (KiddiVouchers) will remain open to new entrants until Tax-Free Childcare is launched. Parents who wish to remain in a childcare voucher scheme once Tax-Free Childcare is launched will be able to do so, as long as their current employer continues to offer a childcare voucher scheme.

If you would like advice and information on joining the scheme, please visit the KiddiVouchers website or call them on 0800 612 9015.

Information for academies who buy into our HR and/or Payroll Services:

Academy employees have access to all the national and local offers/discounts on the benefits website, the KiddiVouchers Childcare Salary Sacrifice Scheme, and UNISON offers on the Leicestershire County Council employee benefits tab. Academy employees will not be able to access any of the other offers on this tab, as they are specific to LCC employees.

Academy employees who wish to register for childcare vouchers with KiddiVouchers must use their own scheme reference which can be obtained from their Business Manager or Head Teacher.

If you have any questions or if you would like to provide feedback or suggestions on the scheme, please call Wider Wallet on 0800 6127220 or email info@widerwallet.com.

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