Fife Council is aiming to demonstrate its commitment to addressing low pay by seeking formal accreditation as a Scottish Living Wage employer from April 1, 2016.
The Council has paid the Scottish Local Government Living Wage – currently £7.97 per hour – since April 2013 and has committed to protecting low-paid employees by continuing to pay this.
Councillor David Ross, Fife Council leader, said: “We are committed to treating employees fairly and driving out any inequalities in the workplace. We want all our employees to be satisfied with their pay and working conditions, both for their own welfare and for the benefit of the customers we serve.
“The council is committed to addressing low pay issues and improving opportunities and support for our workforce through changing and challenging times.
“We now need to go forward for formal accreditation to recognise the council as a living wage employer.”
The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Scheme is an initiative from the Poverty Alliance, operating in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, and is funded by the Scottish Government.
Only two Scottish councils – Falkirk and Dumfries & Galloway – are currently accredited Living Wage employers.
Accreditation gives an ongoing commitment to continue to pay the Living Wage.
There are currently a number of ‘Living Wage’ rates in operation.
As well as the Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.97 per hour which is paid by Fife Council, the Living Wage Foundation’s rate is currently £7.85 per hour. Recently, the UK Government announced its own National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour, which will be introduced in April 2016 for all employees over 25.
The National Minimum Wage, for workers over 21, is currently £6.70 per hour.