Cheshire West and Chester Council introduces holiday purchasing

Cheshire West and Chester Council has introduced a holiday purchasing scheme which, it projects, will result in annual savings of almost £100,000.

Through its new Holiday Plus scheme, the council’s 6,500 employees will be able to purchase up to 10 days a year via a salary sacrifice arrangement. The council has based its projected savings on anticipated reductions to its overall annual salary bill and the national insurance savings gained from offering the benefit via salary sacrifice.

Staff were able to opt into the holiday purchasing scheme, which is provided by P&MM, through the council’s voluntary benefits portal over an eight-week period at the beginning of this year.

Debbie Thompson, reward manager at the local authority, said: “With budget cuts and depleted resources rife at public sector organisations for some time now, we have really had to seek out ways to make our budget work for us in the most effective way possible.”

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