Councillors will examine bringing in the living wage

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COUNCILLORS have agreed pressure will be put on the city council’s employment committee to adopt the living wage.

The pay band, £7.65 outside London, is seen as the threshold to support a decent standard of living.

The Lib Dems were successful in their effort to get a motion passed which wants council staff to come under the scheme.

Efforts will also be made to get schools to adopt the wage.

Union members said pay bands below the living wage should be scrapped so schools have to give all staff fair pay.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem group leader, said he hopes the living wage can be brought in to coincide with living wage week in November.