It’s Living Wage Week (5 – 11 November 2017) and the Living Wage Foundation has announced a new UK living wage of £8.75 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour. There are around 20 accredited Living Wage employers in Calderdale, so this is good news for all their employees.
Calderdale Council, as an accredited Living Wage employer, says it welcomes the increase in UK and London rates.
In its second year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt in to paying the real Living Wage, the Council has committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.
The new UK rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation will apply to all eligible Council staff and has increased to £8.75 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour.
Calderdale was the first council in West Yorkshire to be accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation in June 2015.
Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said:
“We are proud to implement this increase in pay. We recognise the financial challenges that families face and we are committed to supporting our lower paid workers. Paying the Living Wage is one way that we are helping to reduce poverty and inequality as part of our ambition for Calderdale to be the best borough in the North. This also helps Council services by improving motivation and retaining and attracting a quality workforce.
“We actively encourage other organisations across Calderdale to follow our example. We are pleased that the majority of local schools are paying the Living Wage.”
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said:
“Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.
“The increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”
Here’s more information about Living Wage Week.
Calderdale’s Living Wage Employers
Here is where you can find Calderdale’s living wage employers.
This is more or less the complete list, as far as I can find from the Living Wage employers map. If I’ve inadvertently left any employers off the list, please say and I’ll add them.
- Enventure Research
Thornhill Brigg Mill, Thornhill Beck Lane, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 4AH
Providing insightful research for the public sector. We deliver research, engagement and consultation using a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques.
- Oxfam Shop – Brighouse
30 Commercial Street, Brighouse, HD6 1AQ
- Lloyds Banking Group – Brighouse
35 Bradford Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 1RW
- Santander UK – Brighouse
26, Commercial Street, Brighouse, HD6 1AQ
- Lloyds Banking Group – Elland
44 Southgate, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 0ES
- Association of Colleges (AoC) – Southgate, Elland
4 Crown Yard, Southgate, HX5 0DQ
- Marshalls plc
Landscape House, Premier Way, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9HT
The UK’s Leading manufacturer of Natural Stone and Concrete Hard Landscaping products for the construction, home improvement and landscape markets
- Aspire-igen Halifax
Open Door Independent Living Project, Prescott Street, Halifax, HX1 2LR
We are a not-for-profit training and careers advice provider based in Yorkshire committed to changing lives for the better through learning and work
- The Borough Council of Calderdale
Human Resources, 3rd Floor Westgate House, Westgate, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1PS
- Calderdale Carers Project
Suite 3, Rimani House, 14-16 Hall Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 5BD
Charity providing information, advice, support and self management courses to carers.
- Halifax Opportunities Trust
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 5ER
We’re a social enterprise that has been working since 2000 across Calderdale for a multi-cultural and self-sufficient community.
- Imagineer Development UK CIC
36 Gibbet Street, Halifax, HX1 5BA
- Lloyds Banking Group – Halifax
Commercial Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1BB
- Nationwide Building Society – Halifax
1/2 George Square, Halifax, HX1 1HF
- Nestle UK – Halifax
Halifax Factory – Nestlé UK Ltd, Albion Mills, Halifax, W Yorkshire, HX3 9XT
- Oxfam Shop – Halifax
37 Crown Street, Halifax, HX1 1TT
- RSA Insurance Plc Halifax
6th floor Bowling Mill, Halifax, HX3 5AX
- Santander UK – Halifax
32, Southgate, Halifax, HX1 1DL
- Afghan Rug Shop Limited
7 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EU
Fair Trade retailers of Afghan rugs, kilims, furniture, lapis and embroideries, imported direct from Northern Afghanistan
- Ayup Digital
The Town Hall, St Georges Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7BY
- Fox and Goose
- Oxfam Shop – Hebden Bridge
21 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EU
- Hebden Royd Town Council
48 Back Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6HA
British Made To Last – Not Just Trousers – Premium British clothing products, made here.
- Halifax – Live (A-Plant)
Unit 3 Brow Mills Industrial Estate, Hipperholme, HALIFAX, HX3 8EF
A-Plant is one of the UK’s leading equipment hire companies, with over 150 Service Centres and a team of 3,500 professionals.
- Urban Cottage Industries
Old Trouser Factory Greenhill Mills Mytholmroyd, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, HX7 5QF
- Lloyds Banking Group – Sowerby Bridge
9 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 2DZ