Council to increase living wage for lowest paid workers

Plymouth City Council will increase the wages to its lowest paid workers again this year, as part of its commitment to paying a Living Wage.

The Council introduced the principle of paying the Foundation Living Wage to address low pay in 2014, by adding a non-contractual market top up. This is currently £8.45 per hour.

It was agreed at yesterday’s Full Council to support the Cabinet decision that the top up will continue to support the Living Wage and pay a minimum of £8.75 an hour from 1 April 2018. This decision will cost the Council around £35,000.

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “It’s no secret that we are facing very significant financial challenges as we try and deliver more services for less but it’s clear that we must continue to support those employees who are struggling to cover the cost of living with their wages.”