Other Staff Benefits

Give as You Earn

  • Do you give to charities or sponsor colleagues at work
  • Did you know that Hackney offers a Give As You Earn scheme, run by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)?
  • Did you know that if you use Give As You Earn, you don’t pay tax on donations you make?

Through this scheme, you can give to any one of thousands of charities directly through your pay. The gift is deducted from your pay before tax is taken off, which means it costs you less. A £100 gift to charity costs basic rate taxpayers £80 from their net pay, and higher rate taxpayers just £60. More information on tax savings is here on the CAF website.

For more information on this scheme, visit the Give as You Earn page here.

Carers & Parents

A growing number of people are playing a dual role in balancing their jobs with their caring responsibilities. Here, we define a carer as someone who helps or looks after a family member or friend who needs care and support as a result of old age, physical illness, disability, mental health problems or addiction.  Carers can keep families together and can help others to have a better quality of life.  For many carers, looking after a loved one is an important and valued part of their lives, however, it can be challenging to combine work and care.  This can compromise their well-being and the well-being of the person they are caring for.

For more information on how Hackney Council supports Carers and Parents please email HR at hrgeneralenquiries@hackney.gov.uk

Hackney Dog Boarding Kennels

The Council has opened a newly licensed Dog Boarding service, the first licensed boarding kennel in Hackney. Conveniently located in a quiet corner of Millfields Depot next to the Lee Navigation and Hackney Marshes.  There are 10 purpose-built kennels all with internal thermostatically controlled heating and CCTV so the dogs can be monitored 24 hours a day. There is also a music system for the dog’s enrichment and well-being. There are reduced prices for staff (see prices below) and the kennels are open 365 days a year.


Single dog day rate (8am – 6pm) – £16.50
Single dog 24hr rate (8am – 8am) – £22.00
2 dogs from the same household sharing day rate – £27.50
2 dogs from the same household sharing 24 hr rate – £38.50
Contact details:
Tel. – 0208 356 6676

Personal & Professional Development

Hackney Council is committed to providing development support to all its permanent staff. Please see below for the full list of services available:

  • Hackney Essential training and Hackney Manager training offer.
  • Mentoring. Find a mentor in the council, or offer to be a mentor.
  • Coaching is available for staff.
  • Hackney Stars: The Council’s annual staff awards.
  • Learning Hub: Learn online where you want at your own pace.

Please speak to HR or your line manager for more information.

Health Matters

Health Matters is a website developed by Hackney’s occupational health provider, Health Management Ltd. It provides information to support and encourage your health and well-being with various guides on healthy eating, fitness and mental well-being. See also: Occupational Health.

Proud Hackney - Out & About

Proud Hackney is the LGBTQIA+ Staff Network for the London Borough of Hackney. Our purpose is to collectively form a network where we can support each other, learn from each other and create opportunities for friendship and socialising together. We want our Network to take an active part in making sure Hackney is a welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ people and to make sure we can all be our authentic selves at work, and for all LGBTQIA+ to thrive.

Click here for more information.

FREE NHS Health Check (40-74)

If you are between 40 and 74 then you are eligible for a free health check on the NHS. Find out more about how to access your health checkup on the NHS here.

Childcare Voucher scheme

The Childcare Voucher scheme is now closed to new entrants but remains open to existing employees who joined the scheme on or before 4 October 2018.
If you are an existing member of the scheme you can continue to receive childcare vouchers as long as you meet the criteria.
The government has introduced new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support: childcarechoices.gov.uk