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Charities must pay living wage too

10 November, 2017

• EVERYONE deserves to earn enough to live on, not just survive on. That is why Islington Council is once again championing Living Wage Week, which ends tomorrow (Saturday).

A report by the Living Wage Foundation shows that the charity sector is particularly affected by low pay. Over a quarter of charity workers earn less than the living wage.

This disproportionately affects women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds and part-time workers, and risks forcing them out of the sector altogether.

Last year, the council became the first Living Wage Friendly Funder. We require all charities and voluntary sector organisations that receive funding through our £2.7million core grants programme to pay at least the London Living Wage. This applies to organisations commissioned to deliver services.

We are now urging other local grant-giving organisations to become Living Wage Friendly Funders and make their grants conditional on paying the living wage.

I have seen first-hand the effort the voluntary and charitable sectors put into helping others and fostering relationships within the community. Our borough would not be the same without them.

Charity sector workers do incredible work. It is only right that they receive the real living wage. Charities who pay the real living wage will be able to continue to recruit and retain excellent employees.

Labour executive member for community development


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