ASHFIELD District Council is set to introduce the Living Wage for its employees - and council chiefs hope the private sector will follow suit.
The Living Wage camapaign aims to increase the quality of life for low-paid workers by paying them a rate of £7.45 for people living outside of London rather than the minimum wage which is currently £6.19 an hour for adults.
Now members of Ashfield District Council’s cabinet have approved a proposal to introduce the living wage at the authority.
By introducing a Living Wage, council chiefs hope to show employees that they are valued as well as boost morale, productivity and the recruitment and retention of staff.
As part of the proposals, staff members who are eligible for the scheme would receive payments backdated to April of this year.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Thursday evening, Coun Chris Baron said: “The public sector setting an example that hopefully the private sector will follow.
“This is the minimum a family needs to live on. We are also going to emphasise with our contractors that this is the kind of thing we expect as an authority.”
His comments were echoed by deputy council leader John Wilmott.
“It will show the council’s commitment valuing its employees,” he said.
“It also proposes to backdate wages to April. It’s a great thing.”
The Living Wage was been introduced by neighbouring Mansfield District Council, which is also a Labour-controlled authority,