Hyndburn Council adopts the Living Wage
Published Thursday 31st May 2012 in Council and democracy news
Hyndburn Council has decided that its employees should be paid no less than the ‘Living Wage’ rate.The idea of a Living Wage rate was initially developed in London but more recently a Living wage rate has been determined for the rest of the country. The principle underlying the Living Wage is a simple and powerful one and it is that work should bring dignity and should pay enough to provide families the essentials of life. The Living Wage differs from the National Minimum Wage and recognises that the statutory minimum pay requirements don't always ensure that families can afford the necessary goods and services that they need to achieve a minimum acceptable standard of living. Since its launch the Living Wage campaign has become a powerful force for change in London and it is estimated that over 10,000 families have been lifted out of working poverty as a direct result of the campaign. Outside London the campaign is less well known but it is starting to gain momentum. In total, over 140 employers from every sector have adopted the Living Wage. Cllr Joan Smith, Cabinet Member with responsibility for pay and employment conditions, said 'paying our employees a living wage makes good business sense and ensures our lowest paid employees are not overly disadvantaged during a period of public sector pay freezes. We are also keen to raise awareness about the Living Wage and hope that our decision will encourage other employers in the area to become Living Wage employers.'