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 is introducing 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 is between 8th January and 2nd February 2018. For employees with access to a computer, the application process will be through First Contact where the offering will open on the 8th January.
For employees with no access to a computer, managers are asked to download the information including the paper application form for the employee to complete.
If interested in buying additional leave, 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
Please note: Our Childcare Voucher provider changed from Computershare to Sodexo in November 2017.
Childcare Vouchers are a tax-efficient employee benefit available to all eligible working parents
However, the UK Government is currently changing the voucher scheme. Known as Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), it will be rolled out from 2017. Fife Council’s employer childcare voucher scheme will remain open to new entrants until April 2018. From April 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 childcare vouchers, you can continue taking them as long as you like. To make sure you have the choice of which scheme suits you best, you need to become a member of your employer's voucher scheme.
Time is running out to join Fife Council’s Childcare Voucher Scheme
DON’T miss out on your chance to save money on your childcare costs. You have until 20th February (6 March for teachers) to join Fife Council’s Childcare Voucher Scheme.
Childcare vouchers are a tax-efficient employee benefit available to all eligible working parents to receive help with childcare costs. After April, you may be eligible for the government’s replacement, Tax-Free Childcare instead.
If you already take employer childcare vouchers, you can continue taking them as long as you are employed by Fife Council. Make sure you have the choice of which scheme suits you best and become a member of your employer’s voucher scheme before the deadline.
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.
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.