Launched by Citizens UK in 2001, the Living Wage campaign has won over £500 million of additional wages, lifting over 150,000 people out of working poverty.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated according to cost of living in the UK. The UK Living Wage is currently £8.75 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £10.20 per hour.
The calculation takes into account a basket of essential goods and services and provides the amount a worker should earn to give their family a basic but acceptable standard of living.
The voluntary, calculated Living Wage is not to be confused with the Government's ‘National Living Wage’ – or Minimum Wage – which came into force in April 2016. You may be interested to read our briefing on this here.
We believe that employers who can afford to pay the Living Wage have a moral duty to do so. As many people from working families are now in poverty as from workless ones.
Accreditation of real Living Wage employers is conducted by the Living Wage Foundation. The Foundation provides advice and support to employers, provides research and coordinates regional and national efforts to uplift more workers.
Currently Citizens UK is campaigning for Premier League football clubs, Universities and a number of airports to go Living Wage, as well as other big local employers who have the money but aren't yet paying their workers a wage they can afford to live on.
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