Ambulance service signs up to Green Commute Initiative

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has launched its new cycle to work scheme with the Green Commute Initiative (GCI).

Launched last week, the scheme aims to give SCAS employees the chance to switch to a more sustainable form of transport for their commute to work. SCAS employs over 3,300 staff across 45 sites (including 43 ambulance stations).

Rob Howes, director of the GCI, said: “We are delighted to have SCAS on board with GCI. The Trust joins a growing list of public sector organisations realising there are alternatives to the traditional cycle to work schemes out there. GCI prides itself on having the best offering in the market place. SCAS plays an important part in all of our lives and we hope to make SCAS employees lives by making their commutes to work that little bit easier and healthier.”

The scheme has no £1,000 spending cap, no scheme exit fees and variable salary sacrifice periods. SCAS said it was also impressed by GCI’s commitment to independent bike shops, by offering a low commission rate of 7.5% versus the industry average of 12.5%.

The Trust’s health and wellbeing champion Linda Jones added: “As a not for profit organisation, Green Commute Initiative is aligned to our corporate values and offers flexible options for our staff.”

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