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To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on schemes to encourage staff of his Department to cycle to work since 2015; and how much his Department has spent on (a) installing bicycle racks and (b) bonus schemes for bicycle use in that time period.
The Department strives to create an environment in which our employees can flourish by delivering a comprehensive and innovative health and wellbeing programme. As part of this programme and to encourage staff to cycle to work, the Department provides access to a Cycle to Work scheme which enables employees to trade part of their salary for a loan to buy a bike, cycling safety equipment or both and repay through salary sacrifice arrangements. There is no cost to the Department as an employer in providing the scheme as it is delivered as part of the cross-Government employee benefits contract.
The Department can confirm that bicycle racks have been installed at Departmental buildings with the total cost of installation since 2015 as £31,291.35.
The Department can also confirm that during this time period it has not operated any bonus schemes for bicycle use.