Push for living wage across the voluntary sector

The Living Wage Commission published its final report on Tuesday (24th June).

Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, was a member of the commission and said “Wherever possible, I would encourage charities to consider becoming living wage employers. One of the drivers of low pay in the voluntary sector is the terms and fees for public service contracts. NCVO has called for contracts that enable providers to pay their staff the living wage”. From NCVO news release.

A further NCVO article is ‘Five reasons to pay the Living Wage’ http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/06/24/five-reasons-to-pay-the-living-wage/. Third Force News reports a recent decision by Capability Scotland, a leading care charity, to implement this approach – trade union Unison reckoned this would bring an immediate benefit to over 400 mostly female staff.