Celebrating two years of the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme

06 July 2017

People's Health Trust is proud to mark the second anniversary of the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme.

The second anniversary of the Living Wage Friendly Funders scheme took place this week.

People’s Health Trust and Living Wage Foundation are celebrating two years of working towards ending low pay in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

People's Health Trust staff, celebrating the second anniversary of the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme.

Above: People's Health Trust staff, celebrating the second anniversary of the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme.

The Living Wage Friendly Funders scheme was launched in 2015 and thousands of charities and funders have embraced the Living Wage across the UK, but low pay remains a real challenge across the sector. 

In two short years, the scheme has grown to include 27 Living Wage Friendly Funders, who have given out almost 20,000 grants and £806 million of charity sector funding between them.

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “We were already a Living Wage employer so it was an easy decision to support the Living Wage Friendly Funders scheme. We work with thousands of charities across Great Britain and are uniquely placed to support the take up of the Living Wage in the voluntary and community sector.

“We want to see the Living Wage become the norm, and believe that where organisations can pay it, they should.”

The scheme was launched by the Living Wage Foundation, with support from People’s Health Trust.

There are now 27 funders signed up to the scheme including Trust for London, Barrow Cadbury, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Comic Relief, the London Borough of Islington, City Bridge Trust, the Big Lottery Fund and Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.50 an hour in the UK, but the UK Living Wage, which is set independently and calculated in accordance to the basic cost of living in the UK, is considerably higher at £8.45, rising to £9.75 in London. 

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman, said: “As the scheme reaches the two-year milestone, there are 27 Friendly Funders who give out almost 20,000 grants and £806 million of charity sector funding between them. This is a fantastic achievement because it means more organisations in the voluntary and community sectors are being supported to pay their staff a real Living Wage.

“Many working in these sectors are dedicated to tackling social injustice and poverty; it’s only right that they are afforded a Living Wage. We hope to see many more funders follow the lead of the Living Wage Friendly Funders. At a time when half of those in poverty live in a household where someone has a job, the Living Wage is increasingly needed by families in all sectors across the UK.”

 

 

To find out more about Living Wage Friendly Funders, click here.

To read about the launch of the Friendly Funder scheme, click here.

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