Lancashire Constabulary accredited as a real Living Wage Employer
The Living Wage Foundation announced the real Living wage rate as £9 per hour, an increase of 25p, at the start of Living Wage Week (5th November).
The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, independently set annually by the Living Wage Foundation. Unlike the National Living Wage, this is calculated according to the basic cost of living.
Lancashire Constabulary was earlier this year accredited as a real Living Wage Employer, joining the Commissioner’s office which had been accredited since 2014.
Paying the real Living Wage is part of the Commissioner’s social value policy which was brought in with support from Lancashire Constabulary to ensure that all procurement and commissioning activity maximises social, economic and environmental benefit, whilst also delivering value for money.
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw said:
“The real Living Wage is something that the force worked hard to implement earlier this year, it’s only right that all those who play a role in keeping the public of Lancashire safe are paid a wage that reflects the real cost of living.
“By celebrating Living Wage Week we are recognising the importance of the campaign and that supporting those on lower wages is a sign of a good employer that brings the best out of its employees.
“Both myself and the Constabulary are committed to entering into agreements with businesses that pay the living wage, recognising that it can make a really positive impact on people’s lives and the organisation that they work for.”
Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “I’m delighted that we are recognising the hard work and dedication of all of our employees by ensuring they are paid the Living Wage.
“We were accredited as a real Living Wage Employer earlier this year and we are proud that we are fulfilling our commitments under the scheme and making a real difference to the lives of the people who make such a valuable contribution to the Constabulary and to keeping the people of Lancashire safe.”
Maureen Le Marinel, UNISON Branch Secretary said:
“When UNISON approached the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner last year with the suggestion of becoming a ‘Real Living Wage Employer’ we recognised that it would fit in with the Police and Crime Commissioners social value policy and the Chief Constables recognition of the value he puts on his staff and their wellbeing.
“UNISON is extremely proud that the Police and Crime Commissions and Chief Constable have worked hard towards achieving this accreditation, our members have like many other public sector workers suffered the effects of austerity and below inflation pay awards this move will go a long way in helping those members and staff towards the true cost of living”.