Tax-free benefits for staff

Career average pension scheme

As a member of staff at Brighton & Hove City Council you will be automatically enrolled in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) unless you choose to opt-out after you join us.

If you decide to remain in the scheme, you will pay contributions towards your pension from your monthly salary. How much you pay will depend on your pensionable pay. 

The minimum contribution rate is 5.8% and the council as your employer will make a contribution of 19.3% towards your pension.

The scheme provides a number of benefits including a guaranteed pension, life cover with survivor benefits for spouses and partners and ill health benefits.

Childcare voucher scheme

If you are a member of our staff and a parent, you can apply for vouchers to help you pay for childcare.

Under the scheme, you give up the right to receive part of your salary in return for the council’s agreement to provide an equivalent sum in childcare vouchers, which will be exempt from tax and National Insurance costs. The vouchers can be exchanged for all types of registered approved care.

The advantage to you is a benefit equivalent to the tax and National Insurance contributions that you would otherwise have had to pay on the amount of salary you have chosen to sacrifice.

Cycle to work scheme

The cycle to work scheme is a tax and National Insurance free scheme set up by the Government and the Department for Transport to help promote healthier journeys to work and reduce pollution and congestion. 

As a member of staff you can hire a cycle or cycle equipment to the value of between £100 and £1,000 from the council. At the end of the hire agreement, the council may give you the opportunity to buy the cycle at a fair market value. 

Give as you earn scheme

Brighton & Hove City Council operates the Give as You Earn scheme which is the UK's largest and most successful payroll giving scheme, administered by the Charities Aid Foundation.

Giving to the charity or charities of your choice is simple. All you have to do is decide how much you want to give and whether you want to make a regular, or one-off, donation from your salary. All your donations will be tax free.