The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, has called the new Living Wage scheme being adopted by many employers across the county, including Bassetlaw Council, a ‘cornerstone of common good’.
And Rev Karen Rooms, chairman of Nottingham Citizens, said the new scheme was needed because having five million people working for less than an hourly rate of £7.65 was ‘simply not good enough’.
The new rate was calculated by the Centre for Social Research at Loughborough University.
Bishop Paul said “This is about who we want to be as a society, about respecting the importance of work and recognising that every individual living below the poverty line is a moral failing for us as a community.”
“The Living Wage is a cornerstone of the common good, good for families and for employers.”
Rev Rooms added “Five million people working for less than it costs to live? That’s simply not good enough.”
“Working people are struggling harder than ever and deserve to get by.”
“Instead, they have no time to see the kids, are stacking up the debts and are under more and more pressure.”