Leeds Council to pay 'real living wage' to employees

The national minimum wage of £7.20 was announced by Osborne in July, but Leeds will instead adopt the the hourly rate of £8.01, which was agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Low Pay Charter.

The proposals are expected to benefit approximately 3,600 council employees, as well as 4,200 school staff.

Council leader Judith Blake said: ”We are demonstrating our commitment and support to our own lower paid workers.

“These are people who work tirelessly for the citizens of Leeds and are the backbone of the council, without whom we could not provide the standard of services our residents expect.”

She added: “This increase will also have a knock-on effect on the wider Leeds economy as lower paid staff will be increasingly able to start benefiting from and contributing to the economic recovery in Leeds, as well as sending a clear signal to local businesses that there is a drive to build the economy and to become a more compassionate city.”

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