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Real Living Wage campaign in Scarborough

Real Living Wage campaign in Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 5:47pm 3rd February 2020. (Updated at 12:35pm 4th February 2020)

Scarborough Borough Council is proposing to launch a real Living Wage campaign, to help maximise the earning potential of people living and working in the Borough of Scarborough.

The proposed campaign aims to contribute to the inclusive growth strategy outlined in the council’s new Building a Better Borough programme and, if adopted, would see a collaborative approach with local businesses to stimulate wealth generation in the area.

In a report to the council’s Cabinet, due for decision on Monday 11 February, it is recommended that the authority leads the way by applying to the Living Wage Foundation for accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

The council has been paying its staff in line with the foundation’s recommendations for the last few years and would seek to have that recognised by the accreditation.

Accreditation would require the council to implement the increased real Living Wage rate each year for the lowest pay levels, which is currently set at £9.30 per hour.

The council would also encourage all its contractors and subcontractors to pay their staff in line with the Living Wage recommendations.

The Borough of Scarborough currently has the highest number of jobs paid below the Living Wage in the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding region.

Through the campaign, the council wants to work with local employers to change that statistic, support residents out of poverty, reduce their dependence on in work benefits and give them a feeling of pride and respect for the work they do and their employer. Given that a high proportion of people working in the borough are also residents that spend their money locally, paying more people a real Living Wage would have a positive knock on effect on the local economy.

The campaign would encourage as many local organisations as possible to become a Living Wage employer, with the council leading by example.

Organisations that pay their staff a real Living Wage report benefiting from improved employee retention, increased staff morale, reduction in employee sick time, greater customer satisfaction, improved productivity and a better reputation.

If Cabinet approves the report, an appropriate organisation will be identified to head up the campaign and a detailed campaign plan will be prepared for a future Cabinet meeting, which will include the council’s Economic Development team identifying the organisations that are already paying a real Living Wage and working with those that aren’t, to tackle the barriers they may be experiencing and encourage them to take the necessary steps to becoming, where financially possible, Living Wage employers.

Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Communities and Commercial, Cllr Liz Colling, said:

“We’re committed to leading the way in promoting the benefits of the real Living Wage for employees and their employers. By taking a collaborative approach and working together with local organisations to increase the wages of our lowest earners, we will start to make a real difference to their lives and generate economic benefits for our borough’s communities.”

You can read a link to the report here


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zara, on 4th February 2020 9:31am
how about concentrating on obtaining decent services that people on any wage/income can afford instead of wasting money on rubbish like this. Council tax should be about providing services not telling other businesses what they should be doing. Its easy for councillors to sit in their offices with their allowances and expense accounts to tell those who are struggling trying to run businesses what they should be paying. I am not even a business person but i know some who are and its not all roses for them. You were the ones who are forcing them to pay the DBID tax, who knows maybe if they did not have to pay that they could afford an increase for the workers. Also it is easy to pay your own workers increases because WE the taxpayers are paying it. Not against a decent wage but very much against the councils dictating from their questionable moral high ground.

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