Hammersmith & Fulham Council will be proudly flying the Living Wage flag on Thursday to celebrate national Living Wage Week.
Running from Sunday 30 October, Living Wage Week aims to promote the huge difference that a real Living Wage can make to people, as well as highlighting the benefits that being a Living Wage employer can bring.
Councillor Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, said:
“I am proud that H&F has been an accredited Living Wage employer since March of this year, and delighted to be supporting national Living Wage Week.
“This administration firmly believes that a person should be paid enough to live decently and to adequately provide for their family. It makes sense ethically and it makes sense financially – and it’s why we were determined to become a Living Wage employer”
The real Living Wage is independently calculated based on what employees and their families need to get by. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the new, increased rate on Monday 31 October, which went up from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour. It will be implemented from 1 May 2017. The new rate will apply to all our staff over 18, and also apply to new contracts or renewals for many of the third-party contractors and suppliers including contracted care workers.
Cllr Fennimore added:
“The real Living Wage is something to be celebrated, and I’d encourage everyone to get behind Living Wage Week. Whether it’s telling your own real Living Wage story, or getting involved online with the #LivingWageWeek hashtag, it’s a great opportunity to support the Living Wage.”
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said:
“Business by business and organisation by organisation, our employers are voluntarily choosing to close the pay gap in the UK between what people need to live on and the government minimum that every employer has to pay.
“During Living Wage Week we celebrate the leadership of those great Living Wage employers who make this possible.”