Council to pay living wage

From today, Brighton & Hove City Council will become an accredited Living Wage Employer.

Last year a council committee approved plans to pay all council staff the UK Living Wage rate of £7.45 an hour.

A living wage is defined as enough to provide someone with the basic necessities and comforts of life.

The UK minimum wage is currently £6.19 an hour for someone aged over 21.

Under the scheme, 128 permanent staff will benefit - 98 of whom work in the city's schools - plus staff who work for the council on a casual basis. The council will also be looking at its contractual arrangements to try and make sure that those who work on the council's behalf benefit as well.

This is a really important step. Poverty pay has no place in society; we know that paying employees a living wage helps tackle inequality and helps families become more independent. Council employees should be paid enough to live here and we are leading by example, we want the living wage to become a real consideration for businesses throughout the city."

– Jason Kitcat, leader, Brighton & Hove City Council