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Local authority adopts living wage

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Finance

Winchester Winchester

A local authority has decided to pay the living wage to its directly-employed staff.

Winchester City Council already pays the minimum wage and says it will meet the £15-20k extra cost within its existing budgets.

The living wage is calculated to be the minimum hourly rate needed to sustain a basic but acceptable standard of living.

It is currently set at £7.45 per hour (£8.55 in London).

In January, the think tanks IPPR and the Resolution Foundation released joint analysis that suggested a national living wage could add £6.5 billion to the gross earnings of the UK's workers.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, the council’s portfolio holder for finance and administration, said: “As a responsible employer we believe it is important to pay the living wage. We want staff to feel positive about working for the council and we believe that the living wage will help us achieve that.

“The council is a significant local employer and can set an important example for others. We believe that the investment will pay for itself by improving staff retention, productivity and customer service.”

The council employs 435 staff is one of the first organisations in Hampshire and one of the first local authorities to sign up for the living wage.

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