Shotts program hailed by anti-poverty activists after Real Living Wage pledge

A social enterprise Shotts has been hailed by anti-poverty campaigners following its decision to pay employees the actual living wage.

Your Pay Your Way was accredited this week as a Living Wage Employer.

The living wage pledge will see anyone working at Your Pay Your Way receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90.

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Your Pay Your Way founder Adele Prendergast said: “Becoming a living wage employer is more important than ever with the rising cost of living.

“Working in the financial education sector means that we talk about household budgets and manage them on a daily basis.

“Having a workforce that is paid at least a living wage and feels valued within our company means that our staff shouldn’t have to worry about making ends meet.

“It was the right thing to do as a responsible employer.”

In Scotland, more than 14% of all jobs pay less than the actual living wage, or around 330,000 jobs.

Since 2011, the Living Wage movement has raised wages for more than 52,000 people in Scotland and put more than £310million more into the pockets of low-wage Scottish workers.

Peter Kelly, director of The Poverty Alliance, said: “We all need enough income to cover our needs and protect us from poverty, and it’s right for employers to pay a wage that reflects the cost of living. .

“Too many workers in Scotland are being paid less than the actual living wage and, in an era of rising costs, are struggling to stay afloat.

“The real living wage can provide protection against these rising costs.

“Congratulations to Your Pay Your Way for their commitment to Living Wage, and I hope other organizations follow their lead by becoming Living Wage Accredited.”

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Michael A. Bynum