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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.