Notts: Bishop backs living wage

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One of the country’s most senior clergymen has expressed his delight at a decision by Notts County Council to increase the wages of its lowest-paid employees.

The county council’s Policy Committee approved plans to introduce the living wage at its meeting on Wednesday.

The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler is a long-term supporter of the living wage - the rate of pay calculated as being required to meet the basic cost of living in the UK.

Bishop Butler said, “I am delighted that the county council are going to pay their staff a living wage.”

“This is great for the staff and their families. It is also good for the county as it seeks to be a good employer and example to all employers.”

Following yesterday’s decision, more than 2,200 of the lowest paid workers at the county council will have their pay increased from 1st April 2014.

Employees of the council will receive a minimum of £7.45 per hour, the rate calculated as being required to meet the basic cost of living in the UK (outside London) by the Living Wage Foundation.

The council joins a number of other local authorities in the East Midlands who have already adopted or are working towards adopting the living wage and would be one of the first county councils in the country to implement it.

Currently, the lowest paid county council workers are paid at £6.45 per hour, with over 2,200 employees in total being paid less than £7.45 per hour.

The cost of implementing the living wage will be in the region of £1.36m, which is just 0.6% of the council’s total wage bill.