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Living Wage for Sheffield Council staff

Sheffield City Council staff will be granted a Living Wage from next week Photo: ITV Calendar

Sheffield City Council will approve recommendations to introduce the Living Wage for Sheffield City Council workers at next week’s cabinet meeting. The Council passed the resolution at November’s full council meeting. As well as introducing the £7.20 an hour (rising to £7.45 from 1 April 2013) living wage to all council workers the Council will also promote a Living Wage for Sheffield with partners across the City in public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

A Living Wage has been introduced in other areas across the country where several leading public and private sector organisations have signed up to the campaign. Paying a living wage boosts the incomes of the lowest paid, who have been hardest hit in the current economic climate of no growth and heavy price increases.

Council staff have seen their pay frozen for the past two years in order to protect as many jobs and services as possible, given the massive cuts imposed by the Government. The living wage will give those on the lowest incomes a boost as they are the hardest hit by the cuts and pay freezes. It is hoped that the living wage will be adopted through a collective agreement with local trade unions, meaning the living wage could benefit a further 1646 employees.

Adopting the Living Wage will demonstrate to the wider community the positive impacts and potentially encourage other public, private and voluntary sector organisations to follow our lead.

“A Sheffield Living Wage would help to reduce poverty in this city and I believe it is important that the council leads by example in this area, which is why I am pleased to be able to ensure that all council staff will receive a living wage.

– Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore

“By implementing the Living Wage no one will earn less than £7.20 per hour in the council and we will work with employers across the city in other parts of the public sector as well as the private and voluntary sectors to make sure that this has a big impact across the city. “It is the poorest who are being hit hardest by the Government’s failure to grow the economy, this is an achievable, pragmatic way of supporting people on low incomes across the city and I am pleased that we are able to take it forward.”