The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Carers Network, has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

 The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Carers  Network, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.15 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

 The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Carers Network CEO Sarah Mitchell said ‘At Carers Network we really value our staff who are doing an essential role supporting unpaid carers in central London. We want to ensure that all our staff are paid a realistic amount to live in London. We also recognise that as employers even small charities like ours have a part to play in ensuring that people who work earn enough to be able to live on without having to rely on additional benefits. We would urge all other local employers to make this same commitment.’

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Carers Network to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,200 leading employers, including Carers Network, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “

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