New briefing for churches on the Living Wage
On 5 November 2012 in London the Mayor, Boris Johnson, announced that the London Living Wage is going up 4.2% to £8.55 (from £8.20).
Simultaneously in York, the Archbishop of York announced that the new Living Wage Foundation figure for the UK (outside of London) is £7.45. This is a 3.5% increase on the £7.20 that has stood for 18 months.
This is the first time that both figures have been announced at the same time. This will now happen in November every year. Accredited Living Wage Employers should implement the new rate as soon as possible following the annual announcement, and within six months.
However, because the method for calculating the Living Wage was amended in May 2011 by the Living Wage Foundation, Church Action on Poverty is continuing to campaign for churches to pay a Living Wage of £7.60 until next November, when it will be higher.
Please read our new briefing on Churches and the Living Wage.
Upcoming debates by Anglican General Synod and Catholic Bishops
In the week beginning 12 November, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Wales & England will be discussing adopting the Living Wage. And on 21 November the Church of England's General Synod will be debating a motion from Church Action on Poverty supporter, John Freeman.
These are exciting times for the Living Wage, with almost all the denominations signed up to the Living Wage principle. The challenge is now for individual churches to get accredited themselves, although you do have to pay an annual fee of at least £50.