North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale, is supporting the teacher car campaign, which seeks to end the exclusion of teachers from salary sacrifice car schemes – one of the most popular and widely used employee benefits in the UK.
Salary sacrifice car schemes, or green car schemes as they are known because they are environmentally friendly, allow employees to acquire a brand new, fully maintained and insured car through their salary, before income tax and NI are paid, which allows for average annual savings of around £1300 a year, compared to similar retail deals. At times when wages in teaching are stagnating, this £1300 annual saving could be a huge improvement to many teachers’ personal finances.
Sir Roger recently attended a campaign event in Parliament to call for a change to this unfair and apparently unintended national rule, and has written to Ministers in an effort to end this exclusion. Over 1200 teachers have backed the campaign on an online petition.
Roger has highlighted the unfairness that teachers in England and Wales are the only profession excluded from having access to salary sacrifice car schemes as they are not specified in the Government’s School Teacher Pay and Conditions Document (STCPD). Other similar benefits such as cycling schemes are mentioned and the omission of salary sacrifice car schemes is seemingly unintended.