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Employee Benefit Scheme

An exciting selection of NEW staff health and wellbeing benefits are now available to Argyll and Bute employees!

What is an Employee Benefit Scheme?

This is a scheme run by a specialist staff benefit company and gives Argyll and Bute Council employees access to various schemes such as leisure and retail vouchers and discounts, technology products scheme and cycle to work schemes.

The council has contracted a staff benefits specialist company called Vivup to run the scheme of its behalf.

Where can I find out more information about this?

If you are employed on Local Government Employee (LGE) Conditions of Service or on the Scheme of Salaries and Conditions of Service for Chief Officials then you can find further information here.

If you are employed on Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) Conditions of Service a separate portal will be launched on Thursday 19th August and you can  click here to register selecting the portal ‘Argyll and Bute Council – Teachers’ from the drop down options available.

Please note that specific guidance in relation to salary sacrifice scheme has been highlighted by the SPPA and they have sought to distinguish between ‘approved’ and ‘non approved’ salary sacrifice schemes. They require us to flag the following to teachers: Where unapproved salary sacrifice is in place, it is the reduced salary that will be used in future pension awards. Further information on this is available here

Who is eligible ?

In terms of eligibility, access to the scheme is available to permanent employees or those on temporary or fixed term contracts that have an end date after the final repayment is due to be made. Employees will only be considered for a benefit if it does not reduce their cash earnings below the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.

Data Protection Privacy Notice

You can find information about how we will use personal data in the Employee Benefit Scheme Privacy Notice (opens in a new tab).

You can find out more about your rights in relation to data protection here: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/data-protection  or from the Data Protection Officer by telephone or in writing, as detailed below.

Data Protection Officer: Iain Jackson, Governance Risk and Safety Manager.

Address: Legal and Regulatory Support, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead PA31 8RT.

Email:  Iain.Jackson@argyll-bute.gov.uk or data.protection@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Telephone:  01546 604188 or 01546 605522

Staying Safe On Line

It is extremely important that we all remain vigilant and treat all emails which come from outside of Argyll and Bute Council with extreme caution.  Any email which attempts to create a sense of urgency to click on a link or download a file or threatens legal consequences should be verified before taking any action.  Verification should involve calling the source of the email to ensure that they intended to send the email and that it is legitimate.  You should never enter your login credentials after clicking a link from an external email.

For further information on Cyber Security and how it affects your work and personal life you can complete the Stay Safe Online training course on Leon.  To find it log into Leon  then IT Training > Working with Computers > Stay Safe Online.  You can also find guidance on phishing here.

If you ever receive an email that you are not sure about you can forward it to security@argyll-bute.gov.uk . We analyse these emails and where appropriate we submit these to the NCSC and Netcraft