Friday, 1 March 2013


Thanet District Council is now eligible to become an accredited Living Wage Foundation 'Living Wage Employer' following the approval of its amended Pay Policy at Full Council last night (28 February 2013).
This means that the council is one of a number of employers leading the way in ensuring that all employees are paid at least the Living Wage which is currently set at £7.45 per hour (compared to the current minimum wage which is £6.19 per hour).
The Living Wage campaign is an example of communities, business, campaigners and faith groups coming together to find practical, non-statutory means to address working poverty and strengthen families which has now grown into a national movement.  Existing Living Wage employers have reported improved morale, lower staff turnover, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved customer service.
Since 2001 the campaign has impacted over 45,000 employees and put over £210 million into the pockets of some of the lowest paid workers in the UK.
Paying the Living Wage is a recognised sign of good practice in employment.
Leader of the Council, Cllr. Clive Hart said "This is great news for Thanet and underlines the council's ongoing commitment to help to lift more local families out of working poverty. We want to encourage good people to work at the council and paying the Living Wage is not only morally right but is an investment which makes sound business sense."


  1. I remember last September there was a story in the Thanet Gazette accusing Thanet Council of planning to cut low paid workers salaries, this was also taken up by a couple of local bloggers. Well it seems the opposite is in fact the case and TDC has become a 'Living wage employer'.

    Once again good news for Thanet and another breath of fresh air at TDC.

  2. Marvellous - althouhg as a failing council more civil servants should be sacked? And why are the private sector not benefitting from Living Wage subsidies first rather than tax increases to fund the public sector?

    Looks like council officials leading the councillors by the nose again.


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