Over £1,000,000 donated to charity by Arriva London staff through Payroll Giving
During the past five years, we at Arriva London have been encouraging our staff to contribute to their favourite charities through the Payroll Giving Scheme.
For those of you unaware of the scheme, Payroll Giving allows staff to contribute to their chosen charities as little or as much as they wish on a regular basis. It’s a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly on a tax-free basis. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax, so each £1.00 given will only cost the giver 80p.
The giving is monitored by the Charities Aid Foundation, a government organisation, which verifies the scheme and, on an annual basis, awards companies three levels of certification for their staff’s achievements - silver, gold and platinum. They also independently audit the amounts given.
It is therefore with enormous pride that we are delighted to announce that over the past five years, our staff, through the Payroll Giving scheme, have given over a million pounds to their chosen charities; in fact, the latest total is £1.2 million.
You may have previously read on this web-site how, over the past few years, we have increased our promotion of the scheme and awareness to our staff regarding how easy it is to give through Payroll Giving. They in turn have embraced it wholeheartedly with many of them telling their stories, and the reasons for their generosity.
Members of the team like Steve, Sharon, Helen, Peter, Jayantilal and Olakunle - all Arriva employees, all Payroll Givers, all from different backgrounds and beliefs - coming together in celebration of their common goal: giving to others.
As Helen says in praise of Payroll Giving: “I think Payroll Giving is a wonderful idea. My two charities are the Dogs Trust and Cancer Research. Both charities are very close to my heart and to our family. I’m very proud to be one of Arriva London’s Payroll Givers.”
And Steve reflects on his reasons for getting involved: “I have a family member who’s a prostate cancer survivor. Payroll Giving gives us the opportunity to give back to charities that really need our help.”
For our part, we will continue our campaign to encourage even more staff to get involved. We won the coveted Platinum Award in 2016 for over 20% of our staff giving through the scheme, and we would like to improve on that for 2017.
As Peter Batty, Arriva London’s Commercial Director, says:
“We are incredibly proud of this achievement by our very generous colleagues. Over a million pounds is a life changing sum, and it is something we look forward to repeating in the future. We will continue to encourage and support all our staff to get involved.”
Published : Wed 19th Apr. 2017 - Fri 19th May. 2017
Arriva London supports local communities in many ways, so when asked to be involved in this project for yet another year, the decision was an easy one.
Vintage bus parade at Victoria Bus Station to mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus features an Arriva route
To mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus, there was a parade of vintage buses at Victoria Bus Station on Wednesday morning.
The visit had been organised following Leon meeting Enfield bus driver Malkiat Birdi, whilst he was attending the TfL initiative for drivers called Hello London.
Making the capital’s buses as simple to use as the London Underground is a new initiative being trialled on seven London bus routes, including Arriva London routes 150 and 128.
In association with TfL and HCT Transport, we opened our doors to welcome the public, giving them the opportunity to explore the garage, meet our operations teams, ride on a bus through the bus wash, tour our operations control centres and see & ride on some historic preserved buses.
Our recent route gains in North London include route 19, from Finsbury Park to Battersea Bridge (South Side), which has meant implementing an extensive mobilisation programme to maintain our high standards.