The independent Office of Tax Simplification has recommended that the Cycle to Work tax relief scheme should continue as it promotes a healthy lifestyle for people who adopt it.
The scheme aims to create new cyclists and get people to travel to work on bicycles rather than taking the car, train or bus. Cyclists who use the scheme can save up to 50 percent on the purchase of their bike against income tax, and Powabykes are included under the terms of the scheme.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer was presented with the recommendations from the Office of Tax Simplification and is expected to issue a formal response within the 2011 Budget.
Cyclescheme Director Gary Cooper commented: “The Office of Tax Simplification’s review confirms the popularity of the Cycle to Work scheme and its effectiveness in achieving the Government’s core objectives.” Gary continued, “Cyclescheme is proud to be supporting a growing culture of cycle commuting that benefits employees at all levels, has a positive environmental and public health impact, and supports Independent Bicycle Dealers (IBDs) and the local communities they serve. This is great news for the longevity of the scheme.”
In a report issued by the Cycle to Work Alliance called the Behavioural Impact Analysis, 76 percent of Cycle to Work (C2W) users stated that they would not have purchased a bike if it wasn’t for the scheme being available and 87 percent of those who cycle to work remarked that they noticed a direct health benefit from a more active commute.
As Powabyke have discovered that commuting is one of the major reasons for a purchase of an e-bike this news is welcome.
Richard Forsyth, Marketing Manager at Powabyke said: “The Cycle to Work scheme is important to Powabyke and offers many people a way to get a Powabyke at a discounted rate through their employer. It offers those who were not originally considering a bike a means to get one on a budget and enables them to enjoy the pleasure of riding to work in the open air which in itself has enormous physical and psychological benefits.”
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