Halifax Opportunities Trust celebrates Living Wage accreditation

LW_logo_employer_rgb-300x237Halifax Opportunities Trust has become the latest employer in Calderdale to achieve accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage Employer.

 The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Halifax Opportunities Trust, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour that was introduced this April.

 Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Harbinson said: “As an  anti-poverty charity routed firmly in a community where many people struggle to feed and clothe their families on a daily basis paying a living wage is the only right and fair thing to.  Signing up formally hopefully will encourage others.  It expresses what we are, mirroring our culture and values.”

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Halifax Opportunities Trust to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

We have accredited over 2,500 leading employers, including Halifax Opportunities Trust, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”