MP backs Liv­ing Wage boost

Hamilton Advertiser - - CLEAN TEAM - Staff re­porter

La­nark and Hamil­ton East MP An­gela Craw­ley has wel­comed the new Scot­tish Liv­ing Wage rate of £8.75 an hour.

The Scot­tish Liv­ing Wage, cal­cu­lated to meet the cost of liv­ing, is re­viewed ev­ery year based on liv­ing stan­dards.

And the MP says the rise of 30p per hour will ben­e­fit thou­sands of work­ers at Liv­ing Wage-ac­cred­ited or­gan­i­sa­tions across Scot­land.

Ms Craw­ley is her­self a Liv­ing Wage em­ployer, and works with the Scot­tish Liv­ing Wage Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ini­tia­tive to pro­mote the Liv­ing Wage across La­nark and Hamil­ton East.

She said:“the new Liv­ing Wage of £8.75 will be a wel­come pay rise for thou­sands of work­ers across Scot­land and in La­nark and Hamil­ton East, en­sur­ing that peo­ple’s ba­sic wage con­tin­ues to meet the real costs of liv­ing.

“I would en­cour­age all busi­nesses in our com­mu­nity to con­sider be­com­ing Scot­tish Liv­ing Wage em­ploy­ers. For busi­ness, pay­ing the Liv­ing Wage makes sense - it’s an in­vest­ment in peo­ple and all the ev­i­dence shows it leads to in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­duced staff ab­sence and turnover, while send­ing a strong sig­nal to cus­tomers about fair­ness.”

And en­cour­ag­ing more em­ploy­ers to sign up, she added:“em­ploy­ers can make a real dif­fer­ence by choos­ing to pay the real Liv­ing Wage. I en­cour­age all busi­nesses in my con­stituency to recog­nise the ben­e­fits of pay­ing the real Liv­ing Wage, and ask them to con­sider be­com­ing ac­cred­ited em­ploy­ers.”

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