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Islington Council shortlisted for Living Wage Champion Awards 2018

Islington councillors celebrate the council's commitment to paying a Living Wage, during Living Wage Week 2014, at Islington Town Hall

Islington councillors celebrate the council's commitment to paying a Living Wage, during Living Wage Week 2014, at Islington Town Hall

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Islington Council has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018.

The awards recognise Living Wage employers and individuals that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

Cllr Andy Hull, Islington Council’s executive member for finance, said:
“At Islington Council we believe that no-one should have to do a hard day’s work for less than they can live on. Practising what we preach, we have so far secured the real London Living Wage for all of our own staff and 98 per cent of our contractors. We have also helped to persuade over a hundred other local organisations to become accredited Living Wage employers. We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this Living Wage Champion Award as we continue our ongoing work to tackle the scourge of poverty-pay”.

Afsa Ahmed, an apprentice business administrator at Islington Council, said:
“Since I started work here I have stopped relying on benefits. I am able to pay the rent by myself and I am also paying taxes for the first time. This feels important to me and motivates me to do even better. Receiving the Living Wage means I have been able to afford to buy the extra things my toddler needs and I have started to save a small amount each month for his future. It makes a big difference to me. I have spoken to other apprentices here and we feel lucky to be paid at a decent level. It makes us feel that the effort we put in is worth it. We are being given a chance to shine and show what we are capable of”.

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “I would like to offer huge congratulations to Islington Council on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards. By committing to responsible pay, employers like Islington Council have changed the lives of thousands of people across the UK, lifting workers out of poverty and transforming communities. We look forward to celebrating again in June when we announce the winners.”

The Living Wage is an hourly pay rate set independently, updated annually, and calculated according to the basic cost of living.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis, and almost 4,000 accredited employers have now committed to put respect and dignity at the heart of their organisations by paying the Living Wage.

The awards are judged by an independent panel of business and community leaders, and winners will be announced in June.