This Brighton Living Wage page is now dormant, however the broader campaign within Brighton & Hove is more active than ever.

We were largely successful in our initial aim, with Brighton & Hove City Council now paying all its directly employed* staff a minimum of £7.19 an hour. Following on from the scrutiny request we submitted, Brighton & Hove Council asked the Chamber of Commerce to host their own inquiry, which concluded with them holding a number of meetings and debates with the public, and business community.

We are delighted that the Chamber of Commerce are now launching a 2 year campaign with a paid member of staff. We hope this will achieve the recognition and support the cause deserves, far more than we were ever able to do as busy young people, volunteering the odd hour here and there.

For more information, please visit:
Brighton & Hove City Council Living Wage Commission Pages
Chamber of Commerce Press Release (20/6/12)
Julia Chanteray’s Blog

The information below is now out of date, but we are leaving it there as a history of the campaign.

We are very glad that our campaign has gone mainstream, allowing us to move on to pastures new, and we want to thank everyone who offered us support and got involved. A special thanks to London Citizens for meeting with us and giving us sage advice.

We urge residents to keep watching this issue, encouraging new organisations to get involved & keeping pressure on the council, and chamber, to increase the amount as living prices rise and ensure *contractors such as cleaners, caterers and carers are included.

All the best,
Lianna Etkind, Rachel Reid & Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett   X

The Brighton Living Wage Campaign is organised by people living and working in Brighton and Hove.

We believe that a living wage would enable working people to break free of poverty and meet the high costs of living here, as well as benefiting Brighton businesses.

There’s ample evidence to suggest that The National Minimum Wage this is not enough to live on. (And it is even less for those below the age of 22).

Councils in the London boroughs of Ealing, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Islington and Lewisham as well as Oxford and Glasgow have shown their commitment to fairness for all working people by implementing the Living Wage in their borough.

Paying workers a Living Wage of approximately £7.60 per hour is the right thing to do morally, and provides real business benefits.

The cost of living in Brighton is directly comparable to London costs. If the Greater London Assembly and five London boroughs can pay the living wage, why can’t we?

We are calling on Brighton and Hove’s councillors to include a commitment to paying a Living Wage in the 2011/12 Budget.