Knowsley Council introduces the Living Wage

Published on: Friday, 23-October-2015

Earlier this month, Knowsley Council implemented the Living Wage, meaning that around 900 of its lower-paid council employees will receive a pay rise.

Council employees will earn a minimum of £7.85 an hour – a rate established by the Living Wage Foundation.  This rate is different from the National Living Wage (formerly the National Minimum Wage) which is set at £7.20 and will be introduced by the Government in April next year for people aged over 25 years.  Employers, like Knowsley Council, choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

The Government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rate is calculated according to the cost of living. The Living Wage is reviewed annually by The Living Wage Foundation. 

Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, commented “The Council made the bold decision to implement the Living Wage despite facing a budget deficit of over £31 million, due to Government funding cuts, over the next two years. We recognise that it is the people on the lowest incomes who feel the effect of these Government cuts the most and that is why we have taken steps to support around 900 of our lower paid staff by implementing the Living Wage.”