Derbyshire County Council To Pay The Living Wage To 3,000 Employees

31 Jan 2014

Extract of letter sent to employees:

“We’re delighted to let you know that Cabinet at its meeting on 21 January 2014, approved that the Council would introduce the Living Wage for our employees.

You are one of over 3,000 employees who will benefit.  From 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, you will be paid your current hourly rate plus an allowance to make your pay up to £7.65 an hour for any jobs you have with the Council.

The Living Wage is set nationally as the amount needed to provide an adequate standard of living, and we can be proud of the decision taken by the Council’s Cabinet.

There is more information about the Living Wage on our website – http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/livingwage. The Council will be writing to you again in March with formal notice of the change being made and more information on how it will affect you.

If you have any questions please ask your manager or supervisor.  Alternatively ring the Shared Service Centre on 01629 535119 – option 3.”

GMB North Derbyshire branch secretary Ailsa Cooling commented, “GMB congratulate the authority on its decision to pay the Living Wage to its lowest paid employees. We look forward to continuing our good relations with the Labour controlled authority, especially in working together to improve the living standards of thousands of workers and GMB members. We now await the result of national discussions on NJC pay.”