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Round-Up: No salsac for teachers, Kia Soul EV on sale now, Six months of growth for van industry

No salsac for teachers

Salary Sacrifice

There are no plans for car salary sacrifice schemes to be rolled out to teachers, the education minister has said.

Responding to a Written Question by Laura Smith, MP for Crewe and Nantwich on 2 July, Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton and also minister of state for education since 2014, said any changes to teachers’ pay has to be put forward to the independent School Teachers’ Review Body.

“The demands on the STRB’s time and resources mean that the Government has to make hard decisions on prioritising the issues it refers. The Government is committed to making the teaching profession an attractive and competitive career but is not currently considering proposing an extension to the current salary sacrifice schemes for teachers to cover cars,” he said.

Kia Soul EV on sale now

Kia Soul EV2

Kia has confirmed its new Soul EV is priced from £33,795, including the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant.

The model is due to arrive in the first quarter of 2020, but Kia said it is opening UK order books now so it can judge the level of demand and alter the supply of vehicles accordingly.

The Soul EV is powered by a 64KWh motor which enables it to travel up to 280 miles between recharges.

Six months of growth for van industry

Peugeot Expert Long & Crew Van - front

June marked the sixth consecutive month of growth for the booming van sector, according to figures released by the SMMT.

Last month, 39,929 vans weighing up to 3.5t were registered – a 13.5% rise compared with figures from June 2018, while the year-to-date figures are 8.7% ahead of the first six months of 2018.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive,said: “With many light commercial vehicles playing a crucial role in urban areas, getting more of the latest, cleanest and most fuel efficient models on to our roads is essential to help improve air quality – so it’s good news to see the UK van market performing so well. However, it’s important to remember that purchasing patterns are cyclical and for this trend to continue we need business confidence to improve and political uncertainty to end with a good Brexit deal.”