​Living Wage Week

Sunday 30 October – Saturday 4 November is ‘Living Wage Week’ 

The Diocesan Board of Finance and Worcester
Cathedral are members of the Living Wage
Foundation and parishes are encouraged by
Diocesan Synod to pay the Living Wage to their

The Living Wage predates the National Living
Wage (which was implemented from April this
year and at £7.20 an hour for those who are
25 and over is a legal requirement replacing the
national minimum wage) and is set at £8.25
outside London. This reflects what is required,
based on careful research, to have a modest but
reasonable standard of living. The rate for the coming year will be announced during
Living Wage Week. Over 2,500 employers, including a third of FTSE 100 companies
have voluntarily signed up to the Living Wage. 

There are many benefits: staff are more highly motivated and productive with less staff
turnover because they feel valued, which can balance out the extra cost. Some of
these may be obscured by difficulties for some employers with the statutory National
Living Wage. The speed of implementation and above inflation increases in coming
years make it difficult to adapt. Some employers have cut other benefits or reduced
staff. Some fear they may go out of business. Retailing, hospitality, social care and
horticulture in and around the Vale of Evesham that have low business margins and
employ large numbers of lower paid workers are particularly affected. 

Pray for employees that struggle to get by on low pay (and sometimes uncertain hours),
for employers that fear their businesses will find it hard to adapt and for a fair deal for all. 

Bromsgrove Deanery – Rural Dean: Paul Lawlor; Lay Chair – David Hargreaves 

Diocese of Carlisle: Bishop James Newcome with Bishop Robert Freeman (Penrith) 

Diocese of Stavanger (Norway): Bishop Erling Pettersen 

Diocese of Bermuda: Bishop Nicholas Dill

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