Leading from the front as living wage employer

Scottish Borders Council has celebrated its accreditation as a living wage employer at a special business breakfast last week.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 2:07 pm
Scottish Borders Council achieves its accreditation as a living wage employer.

The Living Wage Foundation’s accolade recognises the local authority’s commitment to paying all directly employed and regular third-party contracted staff the real Living Wage.

The council established and plays a leading role in the the Scottish Borders Living Wage Group, which is encouraging all employers based in the region to pay all their employees the real Living Wage.

Councillor Robin Tatler, chairman of the group, said: “Having been pivotal to the establishment of the Scottish Borders Living Wage Group, it is important that Scottish Borders Council has achieved this status as we continue to encourage more local employers to pay their staff the real living wage.”

Any business that would like to find out more about the real Living Wage can contact Councillor Tatler on [email protected] or visit LivingWageScotland.org

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance said: “We are delighted that Scottish Borders Council have become an accredited living wage employer.

“They join a movement of over 1,600 Scottish employers who choose to go beyond the legal minimum and ensure that all their staff receive a rate of pay that is based on the cost of living.

“The real living wage is one of the most important tools at our disposal to help make an impact on levels of in-work poverty in Scotland.”