MSP’s call to grow Liv­ing Wage firms

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS - Lynn Duke

A lo­cal MSP has urged busi­nesses to sign up to be­come Liv­ing Wageac­cred­ited em­ploy­ers.

Roseanna Cun­ning­ham, MSP for Perthshire South and Kin­ross-shire, has wel­comed the news that the num­ber of ac­cred­ited Liv­ing Wage em­ploy­ers in Scot­land has now reached 900, and has praised the 23 firms within Perth and Kin­ross who help make up that num­ber.

But the SNP politi­cian wants to see the num­ber of com­pa­nies sign­ing up to the scheme within the re­gion in­crease to 1000 and be­yond.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said:“It is great news that there are 23 Perth and Kin­ross busi­nesses on the Liv­ing Wage list and I want to see the num­ber of Liv­ing Wage em­ploy­ers grow.

“I would strongly en­cour­age all em­ploy­ers in Perth and Kin­ross to look into the real ben­e­fits of be­com­ing an ac­cred­ited Liv­ing Wage em­ployer.

“I know there are busi­nesses out there that al­ready pay their em­ploy­ees above the liv­ing wage, and to them I say: that is bril­liant, now get the ac­cred­i­ta­tion, show your em­ploy­ees and your cus­tomers that this is im­por­tant to you.

“To those em­ploy­ers not yet able to qual­ify for ac­cred­i­ta­tion – pay­ing the Liv­ing Wage makes sense.”

The Scot­tish Liv­ing Wage is in­de­pen­dently cal­cu­lated based on the cost of liv­ing, sit­ting at £8.45 – al­most £1 an hour above the min­i­mum wage of £7.50 for work­ers aged over 25.

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