Useful links if you’d like to know more about arguments for a living a wage, related topics, the Living wage campaign and implementation in London, other UK cities, Scotland and the movement nationally.
Fair Pay Network
The Fair Pay Network is a national coalition working to change the climate of opinion about low pay in the UK. They promote national concern to achieve better, fairer pay levels for all workers. They also work to raise awareness of low pay as a social injustice which adversely effects the overall national poverty equation. They have brought together the key national organizations involved in the campaign against low pay including unions, charities, and pressure groups into a single network to achieve these aims and provide a clearing house for information on fair pay.
Citizens UK – London Living Wage
London Citizens members voted in 2001 to initiate the UK’s first Living Wage campaign because of concern about the pressures that an unregulated market was putting on families and neighbourhoods. They won better wages in four east London hospitals.
A minimum income standard for Britain in 2009
In 2008, Joseph Rowntree Foundation published the first ‘minimum income standard for Britain’, based on what members of the public thought people need to achieve a socially acceptable standard of living. A year later, and in changing economic circumstances, the standard has been updated for inflation.
|The UK site for statistics on poverty and social exclusion.|
The Poverty Site
A site looking at poverty and social exclusion in the UK, using data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It covers different areas of the poverty such as income, work, health and education. Useful for making comparisons between regions of the UK.
National minimum wage
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) national minimum wage pages.
The Campaign in Scotland
Several different organisations, including The Poverty Alliance, support the campaign for a living wage in Scotland; their site has details of their activities, living wage employers and campaign resources.
The Oxford Campaign
Oxford City Council agreed to pay their employees a living wage of £7.00 an hour in 2009; the campaign hopes that other public sector employers and businesses, including the university, will do the same. Oxford was recently found to be the third most expensive place to live in the UK, according to a Nationwide Building Society Survey.
The Leeds Campaign
The campaign for a living wage in Leeds has been gaining momentum recently, although the proposal for fair pay was rejected by the council.
Seven London Colleges agreed to pay a Living Wage to their staff following campaigns by London Citizens. Details here.
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