Employee Benefits at a glance
Here are just some of the great benefits you will receive from our employee benefits scheme. You'll find lots more information within our pages so why not delve in and start saving today. CLICK ON THE LINKS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE TABLE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
|Buying Additional Leave||
Fife Council has introduced a new scheme to allow employees to buy additional annual leave. The scheme will complement existing work-life balance policies and enable employees and the Council to make cost savings. Under the scheme employees can apply to buy up to 36 hours additional annual leave per leave year. This will be implemented pro rata for part-time employees.
For leave year 2018/19, the opportunity to purchase was between 8th January and 2nd February 2018.
If you're interested in buying additional leave for next year, you should speak to your manager about your purchase in advance. Click on the guidance to find out more.
|Salary Sacrifice Shared Cost AVC||
New Way to Increase Your LGPS Pension
Fife Council is now adding to our existing Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) scheme with the launch of a new Salary Sacrifice Shared Cost AVC (SCAVC). Employees considering this option should first of all, read the guide to salary sacrifice SCAVC which can be found in the AVC information pages on FISH.
The SCAVC page includes information for existing AVC plan members on how they can transfer into the new shared cost scheme and what they need to consider before making that decision. Existing members wishing to transfer should complete and send a copy of the payroll mandate to Payroll. The mandate can be found attached to the letter called Employees with a Prudential AVC plan at the bottom of the SCAVC page
* BREAKING NEWS *
Employees can continue to join the Childcare Voucher Scheme up until 5th October 2018
Childcare Vouchers are a tax-efficient employee benefit available to all eligible working parents to receive help with childcare costs.
Launched in 1998, childcare vouchers are a Government-approved scheme run by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). More information and calculator can be found on the UK government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-vouchers-better-off-calculator. Parents who joined their employers childcare voucher scheme before 6 April 2011 may have Protected Rights and still be able to receive £243 each month in childcare vouchers irrespective of their tax band.
However, the UK Government is currently changing the voucher scheme. From October 2018, you will lose the right to sign up to a childcare voucher scheme through your employer unless you are already a member. If you already take employer childcare vouchers, you can continue taking them as long as you are employed by Fife Council. After April, you may be eligible for the government’s replacement, Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) instead.
Sign up for vouchers at: fifedirect.org.uk/ccvouchers
To find out more about Tax-Free Childcare go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Cycle to Work scheme
The next cycle to work scheme will be open for applications from 12th March until 9th April 2018. The following scheme will operate from 17th Sept until 15th October 2018.
Employees can access the bike scheme via www.fifecouncillifestylesavings.co.uk
The direct route is via: www.salary-plus.co.uk/fife
Access to discounts on a vast range of products and services both nationwide and locally across Fife. UK-wide discounts are accessed via a website or over the phone, and the local discounts are available on provision of a Fife Council ID badge or recent payslip.
Products, services and advice.
Employees who have attained 25 or 40 years continuous service are awarded for their contribution and effort with Long Service Awards.