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Lib Dems drive move to give council national recognition for living wage

July 14, 2014 12:28 PM

Councillor Rod CantrillA move to give Cambridge City Council accreditation as a living wage employer, driven by the city's Liberal Democrats, looks set to win the backing of councillors today Monday (July 14).

The accreditation, from the Living Wage Foundation, will recognise the city council along with 700 other organisations across the country which pay their staff the living wage.

Newnham Councillor, Rod Cantrill, who led the push for the living wage of £7.65 an hour for council employees and those working for the council through outside contractors, welcomed the move.

He said: "This is a great achievement. It recognises Cambridge City Council's stand nationally and means the foundation can cite this when encouraging other Cambridge employers to adopt the living wage policy.

"This has been achieved through the hard work of councillors and officers without spending taxpayers' money to employ a dedicated living wage officer. I hope that this will lead to other employers throughout the city acting to introduce the living wage for their staff.

"Cambridge is a very expensive place in which to live and those on low incomes struggle to afford housing and the general cost of living. The living wage gives them a little extra money in their pocket rewarding good staff and encouraging loyalty."

The accreditation will cost the council an annual fee of £400 and allow it to use the Living Wage Employer mark.

It will be discussed by members of the council's Strategy and Resources Committee today (Monday).