Portsmouth City Council to introduce living wage for employees

PLEDGE Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson
PLEDGE Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson

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The lowest paid Portsmouth City Council are to receive a boost after councillors voted to pay them the living wage.

The wage – currently £7.65 an hour – is set nationally and supported across political lines.

The council’s employment committee agreed to a plan to introduce the living wage by Living Wage Week in November.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Council, said: ‘I’m very pleased that the council is supporting the living wage.

‘It’s a way of helping some of the lowest-paid people in the city and making sure they get a fair deal.

‘And as we’re one of the largest employers in the area, I hope our decision will inspire other organisations to make similar moves.”

The council is in discussions with local authority schools, who have to make their own decisions about the living wage.