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Measuring your impact - how a simple app encourages ethical shopping with Living Wage employers.

24th February 2021
Introducing the app Impact Score, Ian Yates , the Founder shares how it helps consumers to shop more ethically and choose to support those employers committed to paying all their staff a real Living Wage, over those who don’t .As consumers wake up to the impact that their purchases can have on the world around them, more look to spend their hard-earned cash with companies that are socially and environmentally conscious. Recycling initiatives, fair pay and  tax payments are all under...

Food banks are a crucial lifeline, but we must not lose sight of why people are food insecure in the first place.

10th February 2021
Emily Roe, Campaign Manager at the Living Wage Foundation discusses the issue of food insecurity and the need for a real Living Wage. Marcus Rashford’s work over the last year has been a lifeline for so many families. The success of the #EndChildPovertyCampaign has so far meant millions of children received meals throughout the summer, Fareshare made record donations, and a Child Food Poverty Task Force was established with some of the biggest companies in the food industry. This work is vital...

More Than a Million Low-Paid Workers Forced to Regularly Skip Meals During Pandemic

9th February 2021
New research shows the impact of low pay during the pandemic, with two-thirds of workers earning below the real Living Wage experiencing a fall in earnings since the pandemic began Over a quarter of low-paid workers (amounting to over one million people[1]) have had to regularly skip meals since the start of the pandemic as a result of financial constraints, with over a third saying low pay had negatively affected relationships with close family and friends, and nearly half seeing a negative ...

University of Cambridge accredits with Living Wage Foundation

22nd January 2021
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY GAINS REAL LIVING WAGE ACCREDITATIONThe University of Cambridge has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working for the university receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.The University of Cambridge is based in the East of England, a region where over a fifth of all...

News: 45% of supermarket workers earn below the real Living Wage, as UK’s major supermarkets report record profits.

13th January 2021
New research by the Living Wage Foundation reveals that 45% of supermarket workers (410,000 employees) earn below the real Living Wage, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour in the UK outside of London and £10.85 per hour inside of London (after it was revised up in November 2020). The real Living Wage is the only UK hourly rate of earnings that is based on the cost of living.The new figures out today reveal the scale of the ‘pay gap’ - the difference between the highest earners and the rest...

Good Business Foundation releases Good Business Charter Accreditation

12th January 2021
Recognise and Celebrate Responsible Organisations - Jenny Herrera, Good Business Foundation CEOAt the Good Business Foundation it is our aim to provide a clear and effective way to recognise the good guys in business through a straightforward accreditation scheme across ten different components of responsible business, allowing members to proudly display the Good Business Charter brand.The Living Wage Foundation was set up to recognise and celebrate responsible employers and in so doing, brings...

Living Wage Foundation Responds to National Living Wage Statement 

25th November 2020
Today the Chancellor announced: That the National Living Wage will rise to £8.91 from April 2020 – a 2.2% increase – and will be extended to 23-year olds. An exemption to the much-trailed public sector pay freeze (outside the NHS) for the 2.1 million public sector workers earning below a £24,000 median salary, who will see a pay rise next year of at least £250. An additional £1 billion of funding for social care drawn from a local authority funding increase, council tax precept flexibilities...

News: Three-quarters of care workers in England were paid less than the real Living Wage on the eve of the pandemic 

13th November 2020
Written by Laura Gardiner, Director of the Living Wage Foundation.This Living Wage Week, we have been particularly focused on essential workers. New lockdown restrictions mean these workers are once again being asked to keep the economy going and look after others. All too often, this commitment is very poorly rewarded, with large numbers of key workers in insecure and low-paid work. Nowhere is this situation starker than in our social care sector. We’ve long known that the cocktail of rising...

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES  

9th November 2020
The real Living Wage rates for 2020/21 have been announced as £9.50 in the UK and £10.85 in London. This means:Over 250,000 people are set for a pay boost  Since 2011, over £1.3 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers thanks to the Living Wage movement, with £800m going to people in key worker industries Nearly £200 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of lockdown [1] Living Wage Foundation research finds that 5.5 million employees (a fifth of ...

LIVING WAGE FOUNDATION UNVEILS UK WIDE JOINT CAMPAIGN TO RECOGNISE HARD WORK OF LOW-PAID KEY WORKERS

8th November 2020
A new joint campaign calling for more businesses to pay the real Living Wage has been unveiled today. The advertising campaign has been designed by Ad agency Creature and launched by the Living Wage Foundation across Clear Channel ’s out of home media space across towns and citiesaround the UK.  The aim of the campaign is to highlight the important work of many low paid “key workers” such as cleaners, care workers and delivery drivers who are working on the front line during the pandemic but...

AVIVA AND STANDARD LIFE ABERDEEN BECOME FIRST ‘LIVING HOURS’ EMPLOYERS, AS OVER 80% OF ADULTS BACK HOURS GUARANTEES

20th October 2020
Aviva and Standard Life Aberdeen have today been announced as the UK’s first accredited Living Hours Employers. Their accreditation means that, in addition to paying their staff the real Living Wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London, they will provide them with a guaranteed and stable minimum of working hours each week.The first Living Hours accreditations come amid strong public support for such measures during the pandemic. New polling conducted for the Living Wage Foundation shows that...

Introducing our new Director of the Living Wage Foundation - Laura Gardiner

1st October 2020
This is my first week working at the Living Wage Foundation, the heart of a movement that I’ve been involved in and admired for a long time. Next year will mark 20 years since the Living Wage campaign began in East London, and while it’s grown and diversified hugely since then, the belief that workers and families should receive a wage that supports their everyday needs has remained the unifying and driving force behind it. The achievements have been impressive: 6,500 employers have chosen to...

Living Wage Investor Toolkit published by the Living Wage Foundation and ShareAction

29th September 2020
This week, the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) and ShareAction published ‘Investing in the Living Wage’, a new toolkit for responsible investors. The toolkit has been designed by experts in fair pay and responsible investment as a practical guide for investors to consider investment in Living Wage Employers as part of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies. You can watch a recording of the online launch of the toolkit here: part 1 and part 2. Investor Toolkit image....

Press Statement: Living Wage Foundation statement on the National Living Wage

7th September 2020
"With talks of the planned increase to the statutory minimum being frozen, it is important to recognise over 6,500 employers who go beyond the government’s minimum and pay a real Living Wage, including those that ensure over 100,000 key workers are paid according to the cost of living.""This year has been challenging for both workers and businesses alike. However, the pandemic has disproportionately affected the lowest-paid workers, many of whom are already struggling to keep their heads above...

Sunderland City Council has become the first council in the North East to be accredited as a Real Living Wage Employer

27th August 2020
COUNCIL FIRST WILL BENEFIT SOME OF THE CITY'S LOWEST PAIDSunderland City Council has become the first council in the North East to be accredited as a Real Living Wage Employer.The council already pays its own employees above the Real Living Wage recommended by the Living Wage Foundation, but the accreditation will now mean staff working for council contractors also benefit from the council's commitment to the Real Living Wage.All contractors providing services to the council will be required to...

Living Wage Foundation recognises BP's commitment to real Living Wage

27th August 2020
 The Living Wage Foundation today confirmed that it has formally accredited bp as a [UK] Living Wage Employer. bp is the first major energy and convenience retail employer to receive such accreditation, which follows its introduction of the real Living Wage throughout its UK businesses this month. This means that everyone working for bp in the UK now receives a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London. These rates, which are determined by the Living Wage Foundation, are higher...