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Living Wage accreditation for council

Ipswich Borough Council is a Living Wage employer – and that is official.

The Living Wage Foundation has awarded theCouncil its accreditation and today welcomed it to the employers in its ranks.

The Council is the first Suffolk local authority in Suffolk to gain accreditation for paying at least the Living Wage – which at £7.65 an hour outside London is higher than the Minimum Wage – to both its staff and to its contracted teams, such as the cleaners who keep its buildings spick and span.

It introduced the Living Wage to its own employees last year in order to cut the gap further between highest and lowest earners, making payfairer. It has now amended council rules to ensure that contractors, while not having to be accredited, must pay staff at least the Living Wage.

Councillor Martin Cook, Resources portfolio-holder, said: “We believe in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and there is a lot of evidence of increases in productivity and improvement in customer service for those employers who have implemented a Living Wage.Making pay fairer is not only the right thing to do to help staff and those who have contracts with us, there is also a beneficial knock-on effect for the local economy.”

The Living Wage has received cross-party political support. Among other official Living Wage employers are Legal & General, Oxfam, Barclays Bank and the National Housing Federation.

• Pictured: Councillor Martin Cook and Council Leader David Ellesmere with the official accreditation

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