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Tusker gains MP support to make teachers eligible for salary sacrifice

Conservative MP David Davies has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons in support of the firm’s campaign to stop thousands of teachers working in England and Wales’ state schools being ruled out from applying for cars through salary sacrifice schemes.

Teachers are currently the only profession unable to join the schemes and are now petitioning to get these unfair rules changed.

Over 1,000 teachers have already signed a petition calling for change and teachers and members of the general public are invited to support this campaign by signing the petition, which can be found here.

The Common’s Motion will run for the remainder of this Parliament and now has the backing of MPs from all of the main Westminster parties.

The EDM says: ‘This House welcomes the availability of salary sacrifice car schemes for public and private sector workers, providing a boost to the motoring industry and delivering a low cost, low polluting motoring option; notes the popularity of these schemes and their long-term fiscal neutrality to the Exchequer. 

‘It further notes the current exemption of teachers from the scheme despite all other public and private sector professions being eligible and teachers having access to similar schemes such as cycle to work; acknowledges the demand from teachers for having access to salary sacrifice car schemes; and urges the Education Secretary to consider amending the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document to extend access to the schemes for teachers.’ 

Tusker says it already has schemes in place with academy schools, independent schools and universities, which are not governed by the STPCD. 

Tusker chief executive David Hosking said: ‘We have now heard from hundreds of teachers who ask a question we have no good answer to: “Why can we not access the same scheme as our local authority colleagues and university lecturers?” 

‘That’s why we are working with teachers and MPs across England and Wales to end the exclusion of teachers from salary sacrifice car schemes and deliver equal access for all professions. 

‘We’re delighted to have received the support of hundreds of teachers and dozens of MPs and we look forward to taking this campaign to the next level and delivering a fair deal for teachers.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.