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Faversham Town Council Celebrates Commitment to Real Living Wage

Faversham Town Council has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at receive a minimum hourly wage of £12, higher than the government minimum for over 21s, which currently stands at £11.44 per hour.

Faversham Town Council is based in the South East, a region where over 10.1% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 409,000 jobs. Despite this, we have committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 460,000 people and put £3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

The Mayor of Faversham, Cllr Josh Rowlands said “To be awarded living wage employer status is amazing, and shows the town councils commitment to all its staff, from the town clerk to the cleaning team everyone should be paid fairly for the work they do. 

Over the past few years the town council has supported organisations through the cost of living crisis with grants and extra support so to make sure we are doing our bit to support the residents of Faversham. 

So to receive the recognition that we are  a living wage employer is a testament to our commitment as a town council to supporting everyone where we can.”

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Faversham Town Council has joined the movement of over 14,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.”

11 July 2024
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11 July 2024
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