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Council backs Living Wage increase

Published on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HUNDREDS of the lowest-paid staff employed by Leicester City Council are set to get a pay rise in line with an increase in the real Living Wage.

From next month, around 1,800 low paid council workers, including school staff, will be given a 30p per hour pay rise, from £8.45 to £8.75. This represents an annual increase of almost £600 a year for full-time staff.

It follows an announcement earlier this month by the Living Wage Foundation that set out the new increased rates for tens of thousands of workers across the country.

Leicester City Council adopted the Living Wage in April 2013 and became an accredited employer in 2015.

The increase will cost the city council an additional £400,000 per year.

The council also encourages all suppliers it works with to pay the real Living Wage to their staff.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "We remain fully committed to the real Living Wage at Leicester City Council staff. It is is an important part of efforts to tackle low pay in Leicester and I would like to see all local employers adopting it.”