ePetition details

Living Wage For All

We the undersigned petition the county council to become a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is a rate of pay which is enough to ensure workers and their families can live free from poverty. Lancashire County Council should pay the out of London National Living Wage, £7.20 per hour, as calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. The Council should pay all its employees and contracted agency staff the Living Wage. The Council should insist that all employees of contractors working on qualifying service contracts be paid the Living Wage. The Council should encourage all employers, both directly and through their sub-contractors, to promote the Living Wage principle throughout the County.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually (it is presently £7.20). It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Outside of London the rate is calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy. Employers sign up to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. An independent study of the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%.
Two thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organisation’s commitment to be an ethical employer. A Living Wage affords people the dignity to provide for themselves and their families.
75% of employees reported increases in work quality as a result of receiving the Living Wage. 50% of employees felt that the Living Wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices; enabled them to require fewer concessions to effect change; and made them more likely to adopt changes more quickly. The Living Wage campaign was launched in 2001 by parents in East London, who were frustrated that working two minimum wage jobs left no time for family life. Over 10,000 London families have been lifted out of working poverty as a direct result of the Living Wage. We can and should do this in Lancashire and LCC should lead the way.

This ePetition ran from 01/05/2012 to 01/11/2012 and has now finished.

104 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The County Council pays above the national minimum wage and the rates payable by LCC reflect the 'value' of the role and have been set following a comprehensive equal pay/job evaluation exercise. Quoting a minimum salary also does not reflect the fact that employees also enjoy good terms and conditions of employment such as an excellent pension to which the Council contributes an additional 20% or so of an individual's salary, annual leave and sickness provisions.

The County Council will keep this under review