Council to pay a local "living wage"

Published Friday, 11th April 2014
Riverside House Council Offices
Riverside House Council Offices

Almost 1,500 of the Council’s lowest paid employees are set to benefit thanks to the introduction of a local living wage from October this year.

This will mean a rise for those on the lowest pay -  boosting the hourly rate up to £7.65 per hour, which is £1.34 more than the National Minimum Wage rate for workers aged 21 years and over.

Cllr Roger Stone, Council Leader, said the move will support the Council’s lowest-paid staff at a time when many families are struggling to meet the rising cost of living.

"We have been committed to supporting those on low pay to provide some financial relief in what is a very difficult climate, and we are delighted to make this announcement," he said.

"Almost all of the employees who will benefit from a local living wage are also residents of Rotherham, and so the move will also boost spending power in  the local economy."

Cllr Stone added: "We are working closely with trade union colleagues to ensure the introduction of a living wage is managed in a planned and considered way."

The move has already been budgeted for in the Council’s spending plans for 2014/15.