Ealing Council is welcoming the national increase in rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5-10).
As an accredited Living Wage employer for five years, the council is part of a movement of over 4,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage.
The council has committed to the increase, which is independently calculated to meet the cost of living, and will be introduced over the next six months.
The new London rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation, which will apply for all staff over 18 has increased to £10.55 per hour, while for the UK, rates have increased to £9.
Any Ealing employer who becomes accredited and meets the eligibility criteria of the council’s scheme will be able to claim the equivalent of two years’ worth of accreditation fees discounted from their business rate account.
Leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “We all know that the cost of living in London in comparison to the average wage there is a gap that needs to be closed. We wholeheartedly support the increase in the London Living Wage and as a living wage employer, we will be implementing this for our staff. We will continue to encourage businesses to adopt the living wage and helping our residents secure a better income.”
Councillor Binda Rai, cabinet member for business and community services, said: “Employers that support the Living Wage Foundation have found that there are major benefits that come with membership. Staff feel like they are more valued and that their employers are investing into them and in return feel more motivated to provide a great experience for customers.”
Director of the Living Wage Foundation, Tess Lanning, said: “The Living Wage campaign is about tackling the rising problem of people paid less than they need to live. Responsible businesses know that the government minimum is not enough to live on, and today’s new Living Wage rates will provide a boost for hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the UK."
"Employers that pay the real Living Wage enable their workers to live a life of dignity, supporting them to pay off debts and meet the pressures of rising bills. We want to see local councils, universities, football clubs, bus companies and the other major public and private sector employers in every city commit to become real Living Wage employers. When they do, thousands of people get a pay rise, but other local employers also follow their lead. If more of these institutions step up, we can start to build true Living Wage places."
Businesses who wish to find out more about the council’s Business Rate Discount scheme should contact the council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Living Wage site for more information about Living Wage Week.