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News - 24 April 2013

Businesses continue to register for the Living Wage

Increasing numbers of businesses in Brighton & Hove are championing the Living Wage, and now the out-going Mayor has shown his support for the campaign too.

The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and is the amount that allows a person to live, rather than just survive. In Brighton & Hove it has been set at £7.45 per hour.

Cllr. Randall said: "The Chamber is doing a great job rolling the Living Wage campaign across the city. Paying £7.45 an hour rather than the minimum wage of £6.19 an hour makes a profound difference to those on low incomes for whom life is such a struggle in hard times”. "I would urge all employers in the city to sign up. They, too, will benefit, through lower staff turnover, greater staff loyalty and continuity in their workforces," he added.

The aim of the Brighton & Hove campaign, which mirrors but is separate from the national scheme, is to get the first 100 businesses on board; 45 have backed the scheme since its launch nearly six months ago. Through pledging their support, firms are showing their commitment to the city and its people. Businesses can find out more information and sign up to the scheme by visiting www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk The positive effects of the Living Wage include greater loyalty and lower rates of staff turnover, cost savings on recruitment and induction training, reduced absence and sickness levels, increased morale and higher productivity.

Julia Chanteray, President of Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce, said, "By making the Living Wage a part of normal city life, we hope to raise the standard of living for hundreds of city workers and boost business through improved productivity. It will build the city’s brand as a forward-thinking place to do business.

"We don't want businesses to feel pressurised into signing up, but the thinking behind the Living Wage is that if people earn the suggested minimum, they'll spend it locally. In the future, we hope that those firms who are currently unable to pay the Living Wage will be able to do so".

The latest firms to sign up to the scheme are Dean Wilson LLP, Promo Me, GSBA – Marketing and Communications, Silverado Retail Ltd, Grace Eyre, The Sussex Sign Company, Wired Sussex and Alpha Wave Media.

If your business is already paying the Living Wage it is important that you show your support for the campaign by registering online at www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk

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