Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign
The prevalence of low paying work in the UK means that many working people lack the money they require to meet their basic needs and to participate fully in society. This is one the reasons why in-work poverty is so high in this country, including in Greater Manchester.
The Real Living Wage can play an important role in addressing low pay and boosting household income. The Real Living Wage is an hourly payrate set by campaigners that reflects the real cost of living in a way that the statutory minimum set by government doesn’t.
Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) hosts the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. This involves advocating for widespread adoption of the Real Living Wage by employers across the city region.
The Campaign’s mission has always been to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage City Region. In 2021, that became Greater Manchester’s mission. GMPA is helping to make this a reality. There were just 26 Real Living Wage accredited employers in Greater Manchester when the GM Living Wage Campaign started. By the end of June 2021 there were over 360.
To find out more about which employers in Greater Manchester are already paying the Real Living Wage click here.
To get involved in the campaign or to discuss your organisation becoming an accredited employer, please contact us.
To find out more about the Real Living Wage please visit the Living Wage Foundation website. The Foundation promotes this agenda nationally and sets the new hourly living wage payrates each autumn. There is information about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer here.
Updates on the Greater Manchester campaign are published in Greater Manchester Poverty Action’s fortnightly newsletter – which if you don’t already receive you can subscribe to here. If you would like to receive information on the campaign directly please sign up by emailing the campaign coordinator.
Greater Manchester Real Living Wage Campaign Update
Since the previous GM Living Wage Campaign update I have been supporting the development of the GM Real Living Wage City Region Action Plan in time for a launch in November. I have also attended meetings of the Action Plan Steering Group and the first planning meeting of the Campaign sub-group. At a more local level I was present at the Salford City Real Living Wage Steering Group where excellent progress towards the real Living Wage targets in Salford was reported on and discussed.
Preparations with the Living Wage Foundation, GM Citizens and other partners continue for Living Wage Week, November 15 – 20, 2021. We will publish a full programme of events across GM in the next newsletter. In the meantime look out for information about Living Wage Week across our social media platforms detailed below. If you have an idea for an event or want to know more about Living Wage Week please contact me.
A new report published by the Living Wage Foundation and the Smith Institute states that if just a quarter of those on low incomes saw their pay raised to the real Living Wage, the subsequent increase in wages, productivity and spending could deliver a £1.5bn economic boost to the UK economy and support a more equitable recovery from the Covid pandemic. In GM the economic boost would be almost £56m if 244,000 low paid workers in the city region were paid at least the real Living Wage. The report is entitled The Living Wage Dividend.
A key area of focus for GMLWC is the care sector and the Living Wage Foundation have recently published a Social Care Toolkit providing guidance for adult social care providers and local authorities commissioning care who wish to pay their workers the real Living Wage. We will look to use this tool to increase the number of real Living Wage employers in the social care sector in GM in the coming months.
Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking
Best Wishes and Stay Safe.
GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
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We look forward to seeing you at local campaign events in the future.
The Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.
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