CORNWALL NHS TRUST CHOOSE TUSKER AS SALARY SACRIFICE PROVIDER
The scheme is open to all permanent Cornwall PFT staff who can surrender a proportion of their salary in return for a new car through Tusker’s online system, which has proved so popular with organisations throughout both private and public sectors.
The SS4C scheme will also be open to around 5,000 staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust who are able to access SS4C through a parallel agreement with Cornwall PFT.
Cornwall PFT is currently in the process of winding down its existing lease car scheme on cost grounds and wanted an alternative system that provided the option of wider car ownership to all staff.
Towards the end of 2011, the Trust went out to tender through a full European Journal procurement process and selected Tusker’s SS4C as the most viable and cost effective of those that it reviewed in the market.
So far uptake has been at anticipated levels and the Trust is expecting to further increase take-up following a forthcoming communications initiative, developed in conjunction with Tusker.
One of the biggest advocates of the new scheme is Mark Eades, Associate director of Human Resources at Cornwall PFT based at its St Austell head office, who is also considering ordering his next new car through the scheme.
'We hope that our staff will be sufficiently encouraged by all the benefits and savings available in the scheme, including a high proportion of those that are currently on our lease car scheme,' he said.
Cornwall PFT has set a carbon cap of 150g/km for all new cars allowed under the scheme, which may seem on the high side in relation to other schemes which have set much lower caps.
'But being a largely rural community we wanted to provide a suitable selection of vehicles, including 4x4s, for all our employees,' Eades added.
Tusker’s Business Development director, Alison Argall commented: 'We are delighted to welcome Cornwall PFT as the latest addition to the growing number of both public and private sector organisations that are signing up to our market-leading salary sacrifice car solution, SS4C.'