Islington ensures all council funded charities pay Living Wage

Islington Council has announced plans to ensure that all charities or voluntary groups it helps fund to pay their employees a Living Wage.

The Council is the first in the UK to be awarded ‘friendly funder’ status by the Living Wage Foundation and Citizen’s UK, which means that charities can only receive council funding if all employees are guaranteed a Living Wage salary.

The Council was also the first to be accredited as a Living Wage employer in 2012, with all of its staff now paid at least the London Living Wage.

Andy Hull, Islington Council’s executive member for finance and performance, said: “In Islington, we believe that no-one should have to do a hard day’s work – whether for the council, a local business, football club, or charity – for less than they can live on.

“But we cannot achieve this vision alone. While we have made great progress in recent years, we need every employer in Islington to come on board and do the right thing.”

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