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Public Transport (Incentives)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what incentives are available to encourage members of her staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work. (75110)

The vast majority of Cabinet Office employees are located in central London and travel to and from work by public transport.

Permanent staff (including staff on loan to the Cabinet Office) may apply for an advance to purchase a train or bus season ticket and/or a bicycle for travel to and from work. This advance is an interest-free loan and payment is recovered from the individual's salary in up to 12 monthly deductions.

The Cabinet Office will be encouraging more sustainable travel (business and travel to and from work) among its employees depending on the nature and circumstances of particular sites, but it will not include financial incentives for participation. For example, the Cabinet Office's Environmental Policy is currently being revised and the travel policy section is being strengthened to this effect. It will also encourage employees to car share where public transport is not reasonably accessible travelling to and from work.

Further initiatives will be considered as part of any Government-wide publicity campaigns on travelling more sustainably and the Cabinet Office's membership of the Civil Service Travel Group (CSTG). The CSTG aims to improve travel sustainability across the entire civil service by developing and delivering on action plans for each Department.