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Support a Living Wage for Bury

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1,074 staff at Bury Council are currently paid less than the national Living Wage of £7.65 an hour. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and is defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their needs.


Nationally, nearly one third of local authorities have signed up to the Living Wage and the North West Region – with over 40% of councils adopting the Living Wage – leads the way with the highest proportion of councils paying the Living Wage. The widespread implementation of the Living Wage across local authorities demonstrates that the commitment is affordable.  


The Living Wage makes economic, business and political sense. An independent study examining the business benefits of implementing the Living Wage found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%. Similar significant positive impacts were reported on recruitment and retention.


Perhaps most importantly, however, the Living Wage allows staff the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. 75% of employees reported increases in work quality as a result of receiving the Living Wage and 50% felt that the Living Wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices.


Bury Council has a duty of care to the community it serves and the introduction of the Living Wage for council employees would provide a welcome boost to the local economy as staff spend their hard-earned cash at local businesses and services. A 2013 report commissioned by the TUC found that, if the Living Wage was introduced universally, it would boost public finances by £3.2 billion with a localised injection of £346.5 million in the North West.

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