Information on the benefits available to council employees
The council provides an employee benefits package as part of its, recognising and rewarding our employees' contribution to the success of the council.
Employee Benefit Roadshows are being held across the council to promote the scheme and the benefits that staff can access. The benefits include discounts at local retailers and facilities; to national discounts at major retailers (e.g. ASDA; Tesco; Morrisons; John Lewis; Currys) or discounts for holidays both in the UK and aboard. These roadshows will be held on the following dates
- 30 September from 1.30pm onwards in Bathgate Partnership Centre (1st Floor)
- 1 October from 10 -3pm in the Civic Centre
- 2 October from 11 - 5pm in Whitehill Service Centre
The key benefits available are as follows
Childcare Vouchers - Due to changes in legislation childcare vouchers are only available to employees who were members of the scheme as at 30 September 2018. If this applies to you, you can opt to buy childcare vouchers up to a value £243 per month (£124 if higher rate tax payer). As the payment for these vouchers is deducted from gross salary (known as a salary sacrifice scheme), this can result in savings of up to £933 per year in tax and national insurance payments. Vouchers can be used for a range of child care provision including nurseries, registered child minders and after school clubs. If you are not eligible for this scheme you may wish to apply for tax free childcare via the UK government website
Cycle to Work - employees can opt to hire a bike for use in commuting to and from work (and weekends/evening). The monthly payments are agreed and deducted from gross salary (known as a salary sacrifice scheme) thereby resulting in savings of up to £320 (dependant on the value of the bike) in tax and national insurance payments.
Local and National discounts - employees can access a wide range of local and national discounts on a range of products including holidays, high street shopping and major UK attractions.
These benefits are accessible via the employee beneifts scheme website
Sports and Social Club
All council employees also have access to join the Sports and Social Club. This is run by a committee comprising elected representatives from various council services. A variety of events are organised such as theatre trips, race days and preferential rates for attraction tickets. In addition there is a monthly prize draw with five cash prizes of up to £150.
Membership is currently £2 per month. If you wish to become a member please complete the