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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...

LTA Becomes First Sporting NGB to be Accredited by the Living Wage Foundation

27th August 2020
The LTA has become the first British sporting national governing body (NGB) to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation. The LTA, the national governing body for tennis in Britain, joins other household names such as Barclays, Aviva and IKEA, who have all committed to paying the real Living Wage to all of their employees, ensuring their staff earn enough to live on. Raising the bar for employment standards in sport, the LTA now leads the way among sporting governing...

IWFM publishes new guidance with Living Wage Foundation

13th July 2020
 The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and the Living Wage Foundation publish new guidance on paying the real Living WageGuidance comes as research from the Living Wage Foundation reveals more than five million people in the UK are in low-paid and insecure workThe Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has today launched new guidance, in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, designed to provide employers with the tools required to break down...

Low pay disproportionately affects Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers

19th June 2020
The recent killing of George Floyd and subsequent protests have been a watershed moment across the world, and a reminder of the scale and depth of structural racism against Black people in our society.Low pay, and pay inequality, is just one of the myriad ways in which structural racism is evident, but its effects are stark. Our own research conducted with the New Economics Foundation, and published this week, shows that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers are still more likely to...

News: Over 5 Million Workers in Insecure, Low Paid Work

15th June 2020
1.3 Million Key Workers Paid Less Than Real Living Wage and in Insecure Work Over five million people were in low paid, insecure work on the eve of the Coronavirus crisis with these numbers liable to rise substantially during a recession, according to new research from the Living Wage Foundation and New Economics Foundation (NEF) published today.  The research found there were 5.1 million people earning less than the real Living Wage and in forms of insecure employment, such as experiencing...

Living Wage Foundation Supports New Campaign to Fund Living Wage in Social Care

28th May 2020
The Living Wage Foundation (LWF) has announced its support for a new campaign calling for an increase in public funding to pay all social care workers a real Living Wage. The campaign, led by community organising group Citizens UK, is part of a wider campaign calling for key workers to be paid at least the real Living Wage of £10.75 in London and £9.30 in the rest of the UK.The LWF joins a range of civil society groups, faith leaders and unions, including the Archbishop of York and the Bishop...

A real Living Wage for care workers

27th April 2020
Living Wage Foundation Katherine Chapman writing in the Mirror. If the past few weeks have shown us anything, it is that we are more dependent than ever on those who work in a few key jobs, far too many of which are low paid and insecure. As a nation, we have come together – albeit from a safe distance – and recognised the critical importance of those on the front line of public health – particularly those working in hospitals and the NHS. This past week, the spotlight has rightfully shone on...

#LondonTogether: London Living Wage Employers are finding new ways to help in response to Covid-19

22nd April 2020
As the UK enters its sixth week in lockdown, individuals, communities and organisations across the capital have united to support the most vulnerable people and keyworkers during this critical period, with many Living Wage Employers jumping in to help wherever they can. It has been heart-warming to witness an array of fantastic responses from our employers who have adapted to the crisis. This includes requisitioning production lines to make protective equipment, offering free services to...

A message to our community of Living Wage Employers

25th March 2020
COVID-19 impacts every person, business and community. I know that for many of you, this uncertainty will have a very real impact on you and your families. We know that Living Wage Employers who are committed to doing the right thing by their staff are facing unprecedented challenges.  It has never been more important for us to stand together and as ever we thank you for your leadership.We have already heard stories of resilience and kindness from so many employers in our network. For example...

Living Wage Vital to Tackle Health Inequality

25th February 2020
Living Wage Foundation responds to Marmot Review 10 years on.The Living Wage Foundation (LWF) has today responded to the publication of ‘Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On’. The report, produced by the UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) and The Health Foundation, examines the state of health inequalities ten years after the publication of the Marmot Review, which found that these inequities were driven by environmental factors including income and wealth levels.  Ten...

Response to the JRF 2019/20 UK Poverty Report

7th February 2020
 Joseph Roundtree Foundation have today released their annual 2019-20 report on UK poverty, which shows the scale and nature of UK poverty today and how it affects people who are caught in its grip. It shows poverty has risen for children and pensioners over the last five years, and despite employment increasing, in-work poverty has also gone up because often people's pay, hours, or both are not enough. Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “Over half of people in poverty...