Research released by the AA* suggested that 1 in 7 UK staff give their employers an unpaid extra half day every week by battling for, and protecting hard-fought workplace parking spaces.
This led Edmund King, AA President to propose that:
“encouraging car-sharing schemes or pushing for better public transport provision shows an acceptance of responsibility, rather than leaving their workers to drive round and round the car park in growing frustration while the bosses have their own reserved spaces”.
Clearly, a lot can change in a couple of years but if anything, this trend has been exacerbated by increasing demands on these spaces from employers, developers and local authorities.
Following a successful first year of the nextbike Santander Cycles MK bike hire scheme in Milton Keynes with over 50,000 rentals and over 12,500 registered users, nextbike is celebrating this success with a new offer to members of the Smartgo workplace travel network in Milton Keynes.
Smartgo members in Milton Keynes can now save 33% off annual subscriptions to the Santander Cycles MK bike hire scheme – paying just £40 instead of £60. Designed to encourage more staff to take up cycling to work or for leisure, the subscription entitles users to a free 30 minutes per ride and a 50% discount on standard hourly rates and can be used on all nextbike schemes in 130 cities worldwide.
Robin Pointon (front) launching Pick Everard’s national membership of Smartgo
with Pick Everard partner Alastair Hamilton at Leicester rail station
In the current issue of Local Transport Today (Issue 723), there is a double page feature on Smartgo, the workplace travel package developed by Go Travel Solutions. The feature written by Geoff Dudley, details the evolution of Smartgo, from working with local Leicester employer Pick Everard, to being a national scheme of over 202 employer members representing a head count of 199,000. It also details the different ways the Smartgo package can operate in areas through collaboration with other transport specialists such as WSP and the benefits it seeks to deliver.
By Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions
In the Government’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced plans to change how employers can support their employees with additional benefits through salary sacrifice. These changes came into effect from 1 April 2017 but how many UK businesses are aware of these changes and will anybody be caught out?
This is big news for the employee benefits sector and will certainly impact the choices available for benefit providers and employer HR managers. Businesses predicated on salary sacrifice may have to change their model.
HMRC is bringing more rigour to the salary sacrifice process and the changes announced will reduce the range of taxable benefits allowable. However, many key offerings were exempted, such as childcare, pensions, cycle to work and electric vehicle schemes.
Join thousands of people across Milton Keynes by running, walking and cycling your way across the city for Beat the Street!
Running from 1 February to 15 March, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge which will turn Milton Keynes into a massive game where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring the town on foot or bicycle.
As Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday, more than 100 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across town. Players can pick up their own Beat the Street card and map at their local library or leisure centre and swipe as many Beat Boxes as possible to receive points and win prizes.
There is a new, fun project coming to Milton Keynes to encourage; walking, running, cycling, use of the Redways, active travel, participation in physical activity and the use of greenspace! Beat the Street will be turning Milton Keynes into a fun game for everyone!