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Bolton at Home accredited as Living Wage employer

Bolton at Home accredited as Living Wage employer

Bolton at Home has been officially recognised as a Living Wage employer at an event marking the start of Living Wage Week.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, presented us with an award at Manchester’s National Football Museum today (November 5).

Bolton at Home has almost 1,000 employees. We voluntarily pay the ‘real Living Wage’, a minimum of £8.75 per hour set annually by the Living Wage Foundation.

Living Wage accredited organisations are those that also work towards using partners and suppliers that pay the real Living Wage.

Jon Lord, Group Chief Executive Officer of Bolton at Home, said: “Paying the Living Wage provides a clear benefit to society, which is why we’ve moved towards becoming a true Living Wage employer.

“This accreditation shows we’re committed to paying our employees fairly and helping them meet the real cost of living. Ultimately, being paid a fair wage means people get a better work-life balance, have the opportunity to save money, and don’t have to worry about affording the basics.”

Noel Sharpe, Bolton at Home’s Executive Director of Customer and Place, received the accreditation from Andy Burnham. The Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “In-work poverty has grown in recent years and three million children are growing up beneath the breadline. Life has become too hard for more people, who can be a few days away from rough sleeping and homelessness at any time.

“We want to make all of Greater Manchester a real living wage area. For employers, it’s also about building strong, productive businesses that benefit from happier staff. More employers in our region are signing-up and we need to build on this momentum.

"Living Wage Week sends the message out loud and clear that it is the right thing for employers to do."

The real Living Wage is different to the government’s statutory National Living Wage of £7.83 for over 25s and the National Minimum Wage of £7.38 for under 25s. London has its own Living Wage rate of £10.20 to reflect higher living costs in the capital.

Real Living Wage rates are higher and independently-calculated based on what people need to get by. This calculation is based on a basket of household goods and services.

A new real Living Wage rate of £9.00 an hour (£10.55 an hour in London) for the next financial year was set by the Living Wage Foundation at the event in Manchester. Living Wage employers are expected to have started paying staff the new rate by May 1, 2019.

The real Living Wage is voluntarily paid by over 4,500 UK businesses. Over 150,000 employees have received a pay rise as a result of the Living Wage campaign. Each accredited employer is able to display the Living Wage Employer Mark to recognise their commitment to the Living Wage.

This is the second accreditation that we have received in a month. Our Income Management Team, made up of revenue and money advice services, was accredited by the Housing Quality Network in October. Bolton at Home is one of 23 housing organisations to be accredited in this way. It signifies strong income management performance and a focus on supporting tenants to sustain their tenancies.

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For more information contact Andrew Pilkington, Marketing and Communications Manager, on 01204 329714 or email andrew.pilkington@boltonathome.org.uk