District council wants ‘living wage’

WEST Oxfordshire District Council has become the latest Oxfordshire authority to agree to pay its staff the “living wage”.

Oxford City Council implemented the higher wage last year and Oxfordshire County Council is considering introducing the scheme.

The living wage is calculated based on the cost of living and at £7.45 an hour outside London is higher than the national minimum wage of £6.19.

It is a voluntary scheme run by the Living Wage Foundation.

Simon Hoare, West Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for finance, said: “I just feel it is the right thing to do. I hope this continues the message that we value our staff at all levels and all disciplines across the council.”

The increase, which has been included in the council’s budget, will see 13 cleaners currently paid the minimum wage see their incomes increase.

If the budget is agreed, the pay rises will come in from April 1 next year and will cost the council about £5,000 extra annually in its wage bill.

The district council’s cabinet will discuss its budget today.

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11:03am Thu 13 Dec 12

Charl2010 says...

Great news for the council workers shame not all company's will be doing this.. It just shows how much cost of living is these days far more then what we are paid (min wage) and they wonder why lots of people are in det or can't afford to live losing there houses and even family's split apart, a idear would be to scrap min wage and every company pay there employers living wage, makes sense dosent it?
Great news for the council workers shame not all company's will be doing this.. It just shows how much cost of living is these days far more then what we are paid (min wage) and they wonder why lots of people are in det or can't afford to live losing there houses and even family's split apart, a idear would be to scrap min wage and every company pay there employers living wage, makes sense dosent it? Charl2010

4:27pm Thu 13 Dec 12

EMBOX1 says...

Great news indeed. Sadly, you and I will be paying for it.

I would rather we axe the district councils who are a waste of time and money, and then we can afford to pay the low earners in the public sector a bit more, and reduce our council tax bills too.

£1000 a year to Oxfordshire County Council is also very steep - this can surely be reduced.
Great news indeed. Sadly, you and I will be paying for it. I would rather we axe the district councils who are a waste of time and money, and then we can afford to pay the low earners in the public sector a bit more, and reduce our council tax bills too. £1000 a year to Oxfordshire County Council is also very steep - this can surely be reduced. EMBOX1

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