All staff to be paid living wage standard by local authority

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes with members of Solent Waspi at her Senior Citizens Fair, in Fareham.

Solent Waspi campaigners attend Fareham fair

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A LOCAL authority has become one of the first to sign up to the living wage standard for its directly-employed staff.

Winchester City Council, which covers Wickham, Denmead and Bishop’s Waltham, voted to pay all staff at least £7.45-per-hour.

The move will cost the council up to an extra £20,000-a-year.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, who is in charge of finance for the council, said: ‘As a responsible employer we believe it is important to pay the living wage.’

The council has 435 staff.