Voluntary Action Angus backs Living Wage deal

Pensions concerns: Local MP Mike Weir is concerned about what the Westminster government might have up its sleeve for pension provision. Picture by Jon Savage.

Pensions concerns: Local MP Mike Weir is concerned about what the Westminster government might have up its sleeve for pension provision. Picture by Jon Savage.

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Voluntary Action Angus has become one of the first organisations in the third sector in Angus to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost living in the UK. It is now set at £7.45 per hour – an increase of 25 pence on the previous rate of £7.20 per hour.

The Living Wage is the pay needed to provide an adequate standard of living. It compares to the national minimum wage rate of £6.19 an hour.

Gary Malone, chief executive of Voluntary Action Angus, said: “I am delighted to confirm that, as an employer, we will pay a living wage to all of our colleagues.

“Poverty in families where some or all adults are in work is a problem that has been creeping up on us for many years, but recently in-work poverty has begun to outstrip out-of-work poverty.

“This is why pay matters and it’s why Voluntary Action Angus took the decision to become a Living Wage employer. We’re proud to have received our accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

“I would urge more employers to make a commitment to paying a living wage.”

Rachel Green, Social Policy Manager said “During Challenge Poverty Week (October 12-18) we will be organising a range of activities to challenge negative and stereotypical views of people experiencing poverty and highlight where progress is being made to address this issue.”