Wednesday 4 December 2013
Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District Councils have agreed to adopt the Living Wage for their employees who fall below the national limit of £7.65 per hour.
The councils already adhere to the national minimum wage (£6.31 per hour), but the adoption of this voluntary scheme will see the wage of employees who fall below the Living Wage limit increase to £7.65 per hour.
A recent report showed that nearly one in five workers in the UK are paid less than the Living Wage – a wage that is considered to be the pay needed to provide an adequate standard of living – and that the current economic situation is hitting the low paid the hardest.
Bolsover District Council Leader, Councillor Eion Watts said, “Our staff are key to the success of the Council and paying them a decent wage that they can live on is the right thing to do. Paying them a fair wage will help those being hit by rocketing household bills and rising living costs and also puts more money into pockets that will be spent in our local economy, boosting trade and helping businesses.”
Figures released by the Local Government Association (LGA) show that only 77 of the 375 local authorities in England, Wales and N Ireland have adopted the National Living Wage and it is hoped that others across North East Derbyshire will follow suit.
North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We all know times are hard at present, but as a responsible employer, it is important that we are leading the way in making sure our employees are treated fairly and are paid a decent wage that they can live on.”
The Living Wage grade will be updated annually in line with any national reviews.