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Ambulance Headquarters 
 
Bernicia House 
 
The Waterfront 
 
Sam Lawrence 
Goldcrest Way 
 
 
Newburn Riverside 
 
E-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
Newcastle upon Tyne 
 
 
NE15 8NY 
 
 
17 October 2018 
 
Tel:  0191 430 2000 
 
www.neas.nhs.uk 
 
 
Our Ref:  FOI.18.254  
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr Lawrence 
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request 
 
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act which was received 
on  15  October  2018.    I  can  confirm  that  we  hold  part  of  the  information  you  have  requested.    You 
asked the following questions, reproduced in bold below: 
 
 
 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information on 
the services the organisation has available with regards to salary loans, salary advances 
and salary sacrifice schemes for their employees. 

 
 

Salary Loans 
 
 

1. 
Does your organisation offer salary loans? - No 
 
a. 
If so, please state the name of your provider? – N/A 
 
b. 
When did the trust go live with this service? – N/A 
 
c. 
When does the contract end with your supplier? – N/A 
 
d. 
What is the annual cost to the organisation in 17/18? – N/A 
 
 

2. 
Which  staffing  groups  access  salary  loans  i.e.  nurses,  medics,  corporate  staff 
etc? – N/A 
 
 

3. 
How many employees have signed up to this service? What is the employee split 
by staffing group? ie. nurses, medics, corporate staff etc. – N/A 
 
 

4. 
Does your trust offer financial wellbeing advice? - No 
 
a. 
If so, please state the name of your provider? – N/A 
 
b. 
What is the contract start and end dates? – N/A 
 
c. 
What is the annual cost to the organisation in 17/18? – N/A 
 
 

Salary Advances 
 
 

1. 
Does  your  organisation  offer  faster  salary  payments?  i.e.  access  to  salary 
advances - No 
 
Chairman: Peter Strachan   Chief Executive: Yvonne Ormston 
The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is registered, and therefore 
licensed to provide services, by the Care Quality Commission (Provider ID: RX601). 



 
a. 
If so, please state the name of your provider? – N/A 
 
b. 
When did the trust go live with this service? – N/A 
 
c. 
When does the contract end with your supplier? – N/A 
 
d. 
What is the annual cost to the organisation in 17/18? – N/A 
 
 

2. 
What payment period is offered? ie. daily advances, weekly advances? – N/A 
 
3. 
Which staffing groups access the salary advances? – N/A 
 
4. 
On  average,  how  many  workers access  this  facility  per week  and per  month? – 
N/A 
 
5. 
What is the cost to the workers to receive salary advancements? – N/A 
 
 
Salary Sacrifice 
 
 

6. 
Does your organisation offer salary sacrifice schemes? - Yes 
 
a. 
If  so,  please  state  the  name  of  your  provider?  –  NHS  Fleet  Solutions  -  Home 
Electronics Solution, Cycle Solutions 
 
b. 
When did the trust go live with this service? – 2017, 2018 
 
c. 
When does the contract end with your supplier? – Ongoing 
 
d. 
What is the annual cost to the organisation in 17/18? - Nil 
 
 

7. 
What  type  of  schemes  does  the  organisation  offer?  ie.  car  parking,  childcare 
vouchers, technology etc? – Lease cars, electrical goods/phones, cycles 
 
 

8. 
Has  the  organisation  seen  an  improvement  in  staff  retention  or  engagement 
because of the utilisation salary sacrifice schemes? – The Trust does not record or hold any 
evidence  that  staff  retention  has  improved  due  to  the  salary  sacrifice  schemes.    However,  we 
can confirm that the schemes are well received by staff members. 
 
a. 
If yes, please provide further detail – N/A 
 
 
If  you  are  not  satisfied  with  the  information  we  have  provided,  you  can  request  an  internal  review 
which  will  be  carried  out  by  Mr  Paul  Aitken-Fell,  who  is  the  Trust’s  Consultant  Paramedic  and  is 
someone not involved with your original request.   
 
If you wish to follow this route, please contact xxxxxx.xxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx who will commence the 
process on your behalf. 
 
If you remain unhappy with the outcome of the review, you can ultimately complain to: 
 
The Information Commissioner’s Office 
Wycliffe House 
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
Mark Cotton 
Freedom of Information Lead 
 
 
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