Living Wage Week 2018

Living Wage Week takes place each year during the first week of November. It is a UK-wide celebration of the campaign for a real Living Wage.

The research looks in detail at what households need in order to have a minimum acceptable standard of living. The figure is based on the minimum income standard for the UK, the product of research by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Here at the WEA we are really proud to be one of the organisations that pay the real living wage. The new UK rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation will apply to all staff at the WEA. 

CEO and General Secretary Ruth Spellman said: 

“At the WEA we are proud to be a living wage employer. The idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay is in line with the WEA’s values - working together for a better society. Paying the Living Wage is not just the right thing to do, in order to tackle social inequality but it has tangible business benefits.  I encourage other employers to join us.”

Living Wage Foundation Director, Tess Lanning, said:   

“The Living Wage campaign is about tackling the rising problem of people paid less than they need to live. Responsible businesses know that the government minimum is not enough to live on, and today’s new Living Wage rates will provide a boost for hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the UK." 

"Employers that pay the real Living Wage enable their workers to live a life of dignity, supporting them to pay off debts and meet the pressures of rising bills. We want to see local councils, universities, football clubs, bus companies and the other major public and private sector employers in every city commit to become real Living Wage employers. When they do, thousands of people get a pay rise, but other local employers also follow their lead. If more of these institutions step up, we can start to build true Living Wage places."

Living Wage Week 2018 runs from Monday 5th November - Saturday 10th November. #LivingWageWeek.

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