Trafford Council has agreed to pay its staff the Real Living Wage – a boost for those struggling through the cost of living crisis.
The Executive met last night and rubber stamped the proposal meaning 320 staff employed by schools and the local authority will now be paid the Real Living Wage rate of £10.90 per hour.
One of Trafford Council’s key priorities is to support people out of poverty by maximising people’s income and becoming a Real Living Wage employer will help achieve this aim.
The Executive has also approved plans for the Council to apply for Real Living Wage Accreditation for Trafford Council which will mean working with eligible contracted suppliers to work towards paying the Real Living Wage to their employees.
Council Leader, Cllr Tom Ross, said: “One of our three corporate priorities is to support people out of poverty and paying the Real Living Wage is a key action in responding to the Cost of Living Crisis at a time when costs are increasing.
“We have also agreed to apply for Living Wage Accreditation which formally recognises and celebrates employers who choose to go further than the government’s minimum hourly rate. Thank you for everyone who has worked on getting us to this point. It is crucial that we help as many people as possible through this crisis.”
There are currently four local authorities in GM who have been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as paying the Real Living Wage - Bury, Salford, Manchester and Oldham as well as Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Nationally over 7,943 organisations have Real Living Wage Accreditation. In the North West, 695 organisations have accreditation, with over 500 organisations in GM and 55 accredited organisations in Trafford.
Posted on Tuesday 24th January 2023