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New living wage rate announced

A new living wage rate for the UK has been announced in York this morning by the chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

It is now set at £7.45 per hour – an increase of 25p on the previous rate of £7.20 per hour. The Living Wage is the pay needed to provide an adequate standard of living. It compares to the national minimum wage rate of £6.19 an hour.

New figures released today show that the Living Wage campaign, launched by charity Citizens UK in 2001, has lifted 45,000 people out of working poverty and won over £200m of improved pay for low-income workers.

A living wage is good for business, for the individual and for society. Consequently, it is entirely right that it enjoys cross-party political support as well as support from major employers. I am delighted to confirm that, as an employer, from 2013, we will pay a living wage to all of our colleagues, extending it to around 100 of our lowest paid who are carrying out important work as care assistants, cleaners and catering workers. I would urge more employers to make a commitment to paying a living wage.”

– Julia Unwin, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation