Make Running to Work Tax-Free (like Cycling to Work)
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Physical activity in the UK is the lowest it has ever been in the country's entire history; adult obesity is at a record high; public transport is more over-crowded than ever before.
Over 750,000 people cycle to work, of whom 500,000 do so through employer tax-free Cycle to Work schemes. The UK Government says “The cycle to work scheme encourages employees to cycle to work and allows employers to reap the benefits of a healthier workforce”.
We need to do more to incentivise people and companies to get active. Cycling to Work isn't for everyone, and we can incentivise people to get active and run to work, whether part or all the way, with a Government tax-free Run to Work scheme.
A tax-free Run to Work scheme would save people over £100 a year on the cost of running shoes and equipment, or 32% – 42% of the cost depending on your tax status, and using an annual cost of running to work of £300 including two pairs of running shoes, rucksack, reflective jacket, and headlamp.
The cost of incentivising 200,000 people to run to work through a tax-free scheme would be the equivalent of just 0.02% of the annual NHS budget.
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