Great Places Housing Group have marked Living Wage Week 2017 by becoming an official accredited member of the Living Wage Foundation.
The Living Wage Foundation celebrates the leadership of over 3,500 responsible employers in the UK that choose to pay a wage based on the cost of living, above and beyond the minimum wage introduced by the government.
In April 2016, inspired by the Living Wage campaign, the Government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all colleagues over 25 years of age - even calling it the ‘national living wage’. However, this is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live.
The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently calculated based on the price of a basket of goods that people need to get by. That's why participating employers ensure their teams earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.
As part of the foundation, Great Places ensure colleagues can earn a wage which is enough to live on and recently (Friday 10 November 2017) Director HR & OD for Great Places, Nicola Parkinson, was presented with a plaque by the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, to commemorate official membership of the Living Wage Foundation.
Nicola said: “It is a basic fairness at the heart of what the Living Wage campaign is trying to achieve, a fair day's pay for a hard day's work, and why many businesses choose to go further than the government’s minimum requirements.
“Great Places implemented the Real Living Wage payments in April 2017 and many colleagues benefited from this, being an accredited member of the Living Wage Foundation ensures that people employed within our supply chain also benefit from the real Living Wage. This has been factored into our procurement and tender processes and gives us a real advantage when bidding for new contracts”.
For more information www.livingwage.org.uk