Is the Cycle to Work scheme disadvantaging those who really need it?

Questions have been raised about the commission providers charge local bike shops - but the scheme could be improved for users, too

Cycle commuters in London
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This year the Cycle to Work scheme celebrates its 25th anniversary. A well recognised company benefit, this UK government run salary sacrifice scheme offered by employers, helps employees save up to 42% on the value of a new bike and equipment by taking payments from your monthly salary before tax. 

Since 1999 it has helped more than two million in the UK, with seven in ten accessing the scheme basic rate tax payers. It has an impressive success rate too, turning 80% of first time subscribers into regular riders.

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Sam Jones

Sam Jones has worked for nearly 10 years in cycling advocacy and communications. Currently he is the Cape Wrath Fellowship custodian, a freelance commentator on cycling issues and works in the Surrey Hills on access issues. A keen bikepacker he can be found what riding what the UK would like to think is gravel but is actually mostly mud.