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Rotherham Council to Pay a Local Living Wage

LivingWagelogoAlmost 1,500 of Rotherham Council’s lowest paid employees are set to benefit thanks to the introduction of a local living wage from October this year.

This will mean a rise for those on the lowest pay –  boosting the hourly rate up to £7.65 per hour, which is £1.34 more than the National Minimum Wage rate for workers aged 21 years and over.

Cllr Roger Stone, Council Leader, said the move will support the authority’s lowest-paid staff at a time when many families are struggling to meet the rising cost of living.LivingWageLevels

“We have been committed to supporting those on low pay to provide some financial relief in what is a very difficult climate, and we are delighted to make this announcement,”  he said.

“Almost all of the employees who will benefit from a local living wage are also residents of Rotherham, and so the move will also boost spending power in  the local economy. ”

Mr Kimber added: “We are working closely with trade union colleagues to ensure the introduction of a living wage is managed in a planned and considered way.”

The move has already been budgeted for in the council’s spending plans for 2014/15.

As you will recall the GMB asked Elected Members for a commitment to pay the Living Wage  in March 2013. Having given that commitment the Council are now to honour it by introducing the Living Wage in Rotherham Council with effect from 1st October 2014.

The GMB welcomes the Council’s announcement of its intention to honour the commitment we asked for last year. We believe almost 1,500 employees will benefit from the Living Wage introduction and that this should now set the benchmark across all employers in Rotherham.

Posted: 11th April 2014

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