13 March 2015

Council welcomes Living Wage ‘200’ milestone

Living Wage employer Brighton & Hove City Council has welcomed news that there are now 200 Living Wage employers in the city.

The council introduced the Living Wage rate for its lowest paid staff in April 2013.

The council’s lead member for communities and equalities, Councillor Bill Randall, said: “In 2011 we set up the city’s Living Wage Commission. We then asked the local Chamber of Commerce to take the project forward because it’s better done business to business.

“We have given funding to the campaign through its formative years and will continue to support it next year as part of the wider business activity we commission from the Chamber.

“I’m proud of this council’s record as a Living Wage employer and grateful for the support Unison has given us on this issue. I’m delighted that so many local employers have adopted the Living Wage, and that the Martlets Hospice is the 200th local business to make the pledge.”

Paying staff the Living Wage – currently £7.85 an hour – is a voluntary commitment and is separate from the national minimum wage of £6.50 for adults over 21 that employers are required by law to pay

Celebrating the milestone are (pictured from left) Imelda Glackin, CEO of The Martlets; Councillor Bill Randall; Julia Chanteray, President of the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce; and Robert Griffiths, Director of Fundraising and Communications at The Martlets.