Leicester City Council has signed up to the Green Commute Initiative (GCI).
The GCI has no £1,000 limit and no scheme exit fees. The council has chosen to use GCI’s corporate platform, which will allow the HR and rewards team at the council to set its own scheme parameters. An order limit of £5,000 has been set and the maximum salary sacrifice period is 48 months.
Max Longley, scheme manager and transport development officer, said: “As a cycle friendly workplace, we are always looking for ways which will encourage staff to cycle to work. We opted to go with the Green Commute Initiative as it is the only cycle to work scheme which will allow our staff to purchase bikes above the value of £1000.
“This is important as it will give staff the opportunity to purchase a wide range of electric bikes. Additionally, we felt that GCI gave staff a fairer deal by not charging high end of scheme fees.”
GCI’s founder and managing director Rob Howes said: “I am thrilled to have Leicester City Council on board with GCI. Its mission to transform Leicester into Britain’s sustainable city is commendable and we are delighted to be supporting their efforts to achieve this. Giving council employees access to a wider range of bikes, including e-bikes and cargo bikes, can only be a good thing for both them and the environment. We’re also pleased to be utilising, once again, the framework agreement established with Somerset County Council by benefits provider, My Staff Shop.”