The Living Wage

What is the Living Wage? It’s an hourly rate calculated annually according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Outside London it is now (November 2017) £8.75 per hour for employees over 18. It's distinct from the government's national living wage – this is £7.50 and applies only to those over 25.

Who decides? The Living Wage is calculated annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University for the Living Wage Foundation. Thousands of companies and organisations all over the UK have now signed up to pay the Living Wage, and it has all-party support. In the Lewes area over 20 have signed up and there are probably more paying it already.

The Living Wage Foundation works with and accredits employers who are awarded the badge to display in store or on line. Accreditation means that all their in-house and contract staff are paid the real Living Wage. The Foundation has a sliding fee scale depending on the size of the business. In the Lewes area, Baltica, the Bevern Trust, W E Clark, Silverado, St Anne's Dental Practice and Sussex Community Healthcare Trust have full accreditation, as do Barclays, HSBC, Nationwide and Santander banks. See livingwage.org.uk

Brighton and Hove Living Wage has over 350 employers signed up. It’s run from the Chamber of Commerce and is free to join. Employers often sign up first with the Brighton scheme and later join the national one. Visit livingwagebrighton.co.uk

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