"Workplace Parking Levy / Parking Charge Update for Head Teachers "
Workplace Parking Levy / Parking Charge Update for Head Teachers (Community Schools) The proposal is to introduce a Workplace Parking Charge (WPC) scheme which will provide an aligned strategy for Nottingham Community Schools with Nottingham City Council. This will provide some benefit to Community Schools that will not be available to schools who are their own employers. The Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) will be introduced on 1st April 2012. Nottingham City Council has been working with colleagues internally and in schools to develop the response to the WPL for Nottingham Community Schools that provides a coherent response across the City Council and has taken account of the Single Status in Schools work that has been currently progressing. Workplace Parking Charge Scheme It is proposed that a parking charge scheme for school employees who wish to park at work will be introduced on 1 April 2012, which is the same date that charging for the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) begins. As you may be aware, the WPL is a levy on employers that provide workplace parking, and affects all employers in Nottingham, including schools. The WPL is a levy on the employer, rather than the individual employee. It is up to the employer how they choose to meet this levy which may include charging employees the full cost of the WPL. Over the last few months colleagues from Schools and Learning have been working extensively with colleagues and the WPL team to be able to present the fairest and best possible school parking charge proposal to schools and school employees, payable by colleagues who wish to park at work. It is proposed that for Community Schools, the cost of the WPL will be paid through Nottingham City Council's Workplace Parking Charge (WPC) scheme which has been in place for other Council venues since November 2011. This means that the Council will pay the total WPL charge and charge employees according to a consistent approach across all Council employees. This approach is to have a 'premium' City Centre rate and a rate for car parks in neighbourhoods. All schools are deemed to be located in neighbourhoods and thus school based employees will be charged the lower rate. We have listened to the views of Head Teachers and Governors of schools, through a dedicated working group, and consulted with the Trade Unions. The broad outlines of the proposals are below. How much will the Levy to the School be? The WPL fee will be based on the maximum number of parking places occupied by vehicles used by an employee, pupil, student or regular business visitor excluding those who are registered Disabled Blue Badge Holders. The cost per workplace parking place per year for the licensing period 1st April 2012- 31stMarch 2013 will be £288. Who will apply for a WPL licence? Schools will apply for a WPL licence themselves providing all the relevant details. The WPL charge payer will be the Council. Prior to April 2012 all employers including schools will need to apply for a new licence. This is an opportunity to provide expected numbers of parking places that will be occupied, as employees will be now be able to make a decision whether they intend parking at their school. How much will the charge to the employee be? Employees based at Community Schools who wish to park at work will be charged the same daily neighbourhood rate as any other Council employee working in the neighbourhoods, under a voluntary scheme from 1 April 2012 called the Workplace Parking Charge scheme. This is currently set at a very competitive rate of 0.5% of salary (plus VAT). How will the charge be collected? Parking charge fees will be collected from employees based at schools directly from payroll and the Council will collect daily charges from the schools. How will employees pay for the charge? Colleagues can opt to pay direct from their salary, using salary sacrifice which means that they will save on tax and National Insurance. Can individuals park daily? Yes, colleagues will be able to choose to pay a daily charge of £2 per day. What happens if there is a shortfall between what a school should pay under the WPL and what it receives from the Workplace Parking Charge? It's important to note that as the neighbourhood rate is lower than the cost of the WPL and so the whole WPL will not be fully covered by contributions from employees. The shortfall will be absorbed by the wider Council WPC scheme. This means that schools signed up to the scheme will be at a financial advantage compared to those schools who do not join the scheme. Who will manage the parking scheme? Head Teachers will be asked to sign a written agreement with terms and conditions which will state the tasks required to manage the workplace parking at their own school. What happens if a school doesn't join the scheme? If schools do not sign the voluntary workplace parking charge scheme or do not implement it, they will be asked to find the full cost of the WPL themselves and will not benefit from the Council absorbing the shortfall. Will Academies, Voluntary Aided Schools or the Foundation School be covered by the scheme? Voluntary Aided Schools and the Foundation School will not be part of this scheme as the Council is not the employer. These schools will have to make their own decisions in terms of the WPL charge and their workplace parking arrangements, which could include charging employees who park at work at a rate covering the whole cost of the WPL. Will we have any help in managing our workplace parking? Parking management and travel planning advice and assistance is available from the Council for all schools and academies to help better manage and/or reduce parking. This will include specific advice regarding the arrangements and management of the Council's parking scheme and also the potential charging schemes that non-community schools may wish to adopt. More information will follow in due course. For further information please contact: David Thompson (Children and Families H&S/Risk Manager) (0115) 87 64608 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Page last updated: 23 January 2012 5:34PM