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Hundreds Of Families Set To Benefit

Wednesday November 20 2013

HUNDREDS of families in Barnsley will benefit from the council's plans to introduce the 'Living Wage' - a set rate for the lowest-paid employees.

The Living Wage is an hourly wage rate set independently at £7.65 and is the minimum required to provide a basic standard of living.

As part of an agreement with Unison, the council earlier this year said it would review the Living Wage protocol.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said: "Last year the council agreed in principle to UNISON's request to implement the Living Wage from April 2014.

"Despite the significant financial challenges the council is facing we're committed to the Living Wage and have built it into our budget proposals."

Barnsley UNISON Branch Secretary Brian Steele said more organisations were realising that paying the Living Wage is the right thing to do.

He added: "We're pleased that Barnsley Council is doing the right thing by its lowest-paid staff despite the massive funding cuts that central government is forcing on the council.

"Research tells us that council workers spend 50p out of every £1 they earn in the local economy so the Living Wage will be good news for Barnsley."

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Reply Posted by Louise on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 13:38
Isn't the living wage counter productive in reality as tax credits give people the same wage as a living wage. So people will be no better off financially but there will be less money for services in Barnsley.

Reply Posted by Jo on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 13:45
Just what i was thinking Louise. I get help with tax credits - does that mean they will be reduced but i'll receive living wage from the council? Some services within the council will definately suffer from this decision.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 14:36
On the contrary, IF the "living" wage was introduced as the "new minimum wage" across the entire country , then millions of people "could" be taken out of the "tax credits" scheme, saving taxpayers billions of pounds that could be better spent on public services rather than "topping up" crap wages paid by crap employers.

Houghton also says that the paying of the living wage is also factored into future budgets.
Obviously the money has to come from somewhere, but are people seriously that daft to think that frontline services will suffer as a result of the living wage?

Councils provide several frontline services and these have separate budgets t so the paying of the LW will NOT come from those budgets.

In my opinion it is definitely a step in the right direction, I for one do not begrudge someone cleaning toilets a £1.34 an hour pay rise.

The minimum wage was the catalyst that kick started tax credits in the first place.

The problem with the minimum wage and living wage is that both figures are far too low, the minimum wage / LW needs to be at least £8+ an hour for it to be a "true" living wage.

Unscrupulous employers that pay the minimum wage need to be encouraged to pay their employees a better wage, but whilst ever this Tory government is in charge this isn't ever going to happen.

Keeping the low paid workers in poverty thus keeping them subservient will stop them marching to parliament with their pitchforks.

Reply Posted by Sparky on Saturday November 23 2013 at 10:12
Well said Stevo, totally agree, why should tax payers prop up unscrupulous business, all employers should pay the living wage and stop expecting tax payers to prop up the short fall.

Reply Posted by Roy on Saturday November 23 2013 at 11:34
Im with you on this, we need to stop being so narcissistic in thinking that someone is "worth" more than someone else because of the job they do. The lowest paid workers are being picked apart by bosses because they feel they worked harder to get to the top. Every companys success comes from its workers not its bosses, bosses need to value their staff more and start giving a fairer deal, not doing the minimum because the law allows them to.

Reply Posted by Wendy on Saturday November 23 2013 at 20:09
Well Said Steveo

Reply Posted by kenny on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 13:57
Jo & Louise,i guess you both are correct.give with one hand and take with the other!!!

Reply Posted by jo on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 14:05
So only council workers need to live. What about the rest of us workers that are only on minimum wage. I care for the elderly for 6.31 an hour but council staff deserve more than me??? Why is that. Do i not spend 50p out of every £1 i earn in the local economy....oh no i probably spend more. Not fair at all if you ask me!!!

Reply Posted by roy on Saturday November 23 2013 at 11:36
jo the council are only responsible for their own workers, you cant have a go at them for trying to make things better for their lowest paid. Hopefully the government will make companies do this.

Reply Posted by poppycock! on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 14:29
They can afford it with all the charges they give people who are struggling. Instead of paying them a "LIVING WAGE" use the money to send the rude arseholes who answer the phones on a customer care course. Where they can learn to speak to people like human beings using empathy and understanding rather than having them speaking to people like something stuck on the bottom of their shoes! I needed help as i was on reduced earnings due to illness and all i got was a letter with a £56 charge threatening court. Absolute rubbish that they should be paid more than anyone else who is hard working in Barnsley!!!

Reply Posted by king louis on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 16:54
the simple fact is that either the government pay the difference (tax payer really) or the employer who gets the benefit of their employment pays it...

Reply Posted by x on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 19:26
and so it begins,first worker against benefit claiment and now worker against worker,if it wasn't so sad it would be laughable it was obvious it was comming just didn't think it would be this soon.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday November 21 2013 at 22:22
Sounds like a vote winner tho'.???

Reply Posted by richard on Saturday November 23 2013 at 11:32
if companys paid the living wage the price of food would rocket up so you would be no better off
i hope my council tax dose not go up to pay for it.