Council pledge to be Living Wage employer honoured

Coun. Mark Townsend and Vicky White, council strategic HR consultant, with the Living Wage plaque.

Coun. Mark Townsend and Vicky White, council strategic HR consultant, with the Living Wage plaque.

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Burnley Borough Council has reaffirmed its commitment to its staff by becoming an accreited Living Wage employer.

The council has been presented with a plaque by the Living Wage Foundation in recognition of its pledge to ensure its lowest paid workers are paid enough to meet the basic costs of living.

No-one should have to do a hard day’s work for less than they can live on

Council leader

The authority signed up to paying the living wage, which is above the national minimum wage, in 2013.

It is among 185 employers across the North West who have made the pledge, the largest number of any region in the UK.

The Living Wage is £8.25 per hour outside London (from April 1st 2016) and is reviewed annually. Unlike the national minimum wage (£6.70 for 21 or over), the Living Wage is not statutory but a voluntary undertaking.

“We’re proud that Burnley Council pays a Living Wage to its employees,” said council leader Mark Townsend. “No-one should have to do a hard day’s work for less than they can live on.

“Burnley Council, as a responsible employer, is taking a lead in looking at ways of making sure its lowest paid workers are receiving a reasonable wage. We have to make sure the council’s lowest hourly rate is enough for staff and their families to meet the basic cost of living.

“As well as helping staff financially, the Living Wage also brings other benefits to the council and to the wider community.

“I’d encourage other employers in the area to follow our lead.”

The Living Wage is calculated and reviewed independently by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.