The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joshua Peck

LU­TON TOWN made his­tory this week by be­com­ing the first pro­fes­sional foot­ball club to adopt the Liv­ing Wage for all con­tracted mem­bers of staff.

The gov­ern­ment set the min­i­mum wage at £6.50 per hour for em­ploy­ees over the age of 21, but the Hat­ters have been pay­ing their staff a min­i­mum of £7.85 per hour since the start of the month.

That is the amount set by the Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion and is based on the amount needed to cover ba­sic liv­ing, ris­ing to £9.15 if in London.

Since the League Two club in­tro­duced the Liv­ing Wage, they have been fol­lowed by Chelsea – and Hat­ters chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Sweet hopes the Premier League lead­ers are the first of many to follow in the foot­steps.

Sweet said:“We are proud to be the first pro­fes­sional club in Eng­land to ini­ti­ate on this front and lead by ex­am­ple.

“But to us it just felt like the right thing to do and, given the fact that the in­crease has cost us less than two per cent of our to­tal player bud­get, it seems pe­cu­liar that we’re the first to ac­tion it.

“We’re hop­ing that in tak­ing this step, we might help per­suade other clubs, par­tic­u­larly those higher up the pyra­mid, to follow our lead.”

LEADER: Gary Sweet

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