Liv­ing wage ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Ruther­glen MSP James

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Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly has re­ceived for­mal ac­cred­i­ta­tion as a Liv­ing Wage em­ployer – and has called on oth­ers across the area to do the same.

Em­ploy­ers choose to pay the Liv­ing Wage on a vol­un­tary ba­sis, while the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage is statu­tory and en­forced by HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms.

The Liv­ing Wage in Scot­land is £7.85 per hour.

Mr Kelly said:“The Scot­tish Liv­ing Wage is one of the most ef­fec­tive tools we have to com­bat in-work poverty.

“Peo­ple who go out and do a hard day’s work should not be left strug­gling to pay the bills.

“By pay­ing the Liv­ing Wage, I know that my staff are be­ing given a fair wage for the work that they un­der­take.

“Em­ploy­ers who have al­ready started pay­ing their staff the Liv­ing Wage have said it en­hances the qual­ity of the work of their staff.

“I urge all lo­cal em­ploy­ers to think about mak­ing this small in­crease to pay in or­der to make a huge dif­fer­ence to lives of or­di­nary in­di­vid­u­als, their fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity.”

Liv­ing wage Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly is an ac­cred­ited Liv­ing Wage em­ployer

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