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Partnerships in Care launches CSE

Andy Williams - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Partnerships in Care launches new salary sacrifice car scheme with Fleet Hire

Partnerships in Care, one of the UK’s largest providers of specialist, secure and ‘step-down’ care, has launched a new salary sacrifice car scheme with contract hire, fleet management and salary sacrifice provider, Fleet Hire, covering up to 5,000 employees to provide them with access to a new car.

Borehamwood-based Partnerships in Care operates over 60 hospitals and units in the UK, and primarily works to rehabilitate people with mental health issues, learning difficulties and brain injuries back into the community. It has grown substantially over the last 12 months through acquisition since being acquired itself by US firm, Acadia Healthcare, in June last year.

The organisation already provided a wide range of employee benefits for its staff, including childcare vouchers, private healthcare, cycle-to-work and eye-care schemes. But, after a series of employee focus groups identified new cars as a benefit that many staff would be interested in, the organisation sought the advice of its employee benefits provider, Capita.

Capita recommended Fleet Hire’s Car Salary Exchange scheme, which now has over 100 live schemes in operation across the UK, in public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

The new Car Salary Exchange scheme went live at Partnership in Care in June this year, with a carbon cap set at 130g/km to promote green car uptake, and already has more than 40 new car orders in the system with average CO2 emissions of 106 g/km.

Staff are able to access up to 4,000 new cars available through the scheme and generate quotes online via the Car Salary Exchange online quotation platform, which can be accessed using computers, tablets or mobile phones at home.

As many Partnerships in Care employees work shift-based work patterns without a dedicated work computer, this provides them with access to the scheme at a time and place which is convenient for them.

Car Salary Exchange personnel have held a series of roadshows, both formal presentations and drop-in sessions, depending on which work best for size of the site and shift patterns, to promote the scheme at its sites.

Scheme take-up has so far exceeded expectations, said Leanne Austin, Senior HR Business Partner at Partnership in Care, who has been responsible for its implementation. “We felt the car scheme was an excellent idea that would help us to attract and retain staff within our sector of the health industry, and have set the car lease terms at three years in a bid to try and retain staff for longer.

“There has been a very positive reaction to the scheme so far amongst employees. Take-up has been around 10% of those people who have registered an interest in the scheme, which is above our initial expectations for the scheme.”

Leanne Austin said she had been very pleased with the way the scheme had bedded in so quickly. “I thought there was going to be more administration and query handling on our side, but Car Salary Exchange have been very good in taking responsibility for that side of the scheme and reducing the burden on us,” she said.

Solihull-based Fleet Hire founded its Car Salary Exchange division around four years ago and has seen carbon emissions fall to an average of 109g/km for all new cars provided under the scheme.

Zaf Iqbal, Head of Car Salary Exchange at Fleet Hire, said: ”We are delighted to be providing our latest car scheme to Partnerships in Care, which has seen a high level of initial take-up amongst the staff. This is a perfect example of how a successful launch can increase scheme take-up beyond expectations. “However, there is still plenty more work to be done to promote the scheme to all eligible staff, and we believe there is much greater potential for take-up across the organisation,” he said.

Leanne Austin, Senior HR Business Partner at Partnership in Care

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