The Living Wage movement

01 November 2018

Good and well-paid work is a precursor to improved health, which is why People’s Health Trust continues to campaign for the real Living Wage.

In the last three years, the Trust has brought together funding organisations and led the creation of the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme (LWFF): a specific mark encouraging funders to grant-fund posts at Living Wage rates and work together to end low pay in the voluntary and community sector.

More than 37 major grant makers have joined the scheme, contributing over £888 million in grants to 20,016 charities whose workers are now paid the Living Wage.

Last year, the Trust helped to launch the Low Pay in the Charity Sector report, which highlighted that more than a quarter of charity sector workers (26.2 per cent) are not being paid enough to live off as they do not receive the real Living Wage.

In partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, the Trust led the development of a coproduced action plan to address low pay, calling on Government and charities to work together to ensure charity workers earn a real Living Wage.

We were delighted when, earlier this year, we won the Living Wage Friendly Funder Award at the Living Wage Champion Awards, which recognises Living Wage employers and individuals that have made significant contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

Low pay does not need to be the norm. Now is the time for the voluntary and community sector to make a stand, and join People’s Health Trust in its campaign to end low pay in the sector.

This case study was produced as part of People's Health Trust's 2018 Annual Review. To read it in full, click here.

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