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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Campaign calls on churches to pay Living Wage
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¬†Church Action on Poverty is calling upon Churches to pay their employees, lay or ordained a Living Wage of at least £7.25 an hour in London and £6.80 an hour elsewhere in the UK from 1 October 2006. Niall Cooper, National Coordinator of CAP said: "Churches and other employers have a duty to pay their employees a living wage, at a level that enables workers to enjoy life in all its fullness. We call on all churches, charities and other major employers to raise the pay level of their lowest paid staff. We are sending out a clear message that the Church cannot tolerate low pay and poverty. In paying our employees a living wage we are making a clear stand against poverty." The Living Wage was originally set at £5.80 an hour (£6.30 in London) in March 2002. The new figures also enable the Living Wage to keep pace with the increase in average wage rates over the period, according to figures from Income Data Services. The increased also reflects the latest research undertaken in London on the basis of which the Mayor of London announced a London rate of £7.05 in May (subsequently adjusted up by CAP to reflect wage inflation over the intervening five months). The National Minimum Wage, set to rise from £5.05 to £5.35 from October 2006, although welcome, still does not raise families with children about the poverty line. The Living Wage figure reflects the true cost of a 'low cost but acceptable' budget, based on research conducted for the Zacchaeus Trust by the Family Budget Unit of London University. Source: CAP
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