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Living Wage accreditation for Forres Area Community Trust


By Ewan Malcolm

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FORRES Area Community Trust (FACT) has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Debbie Herron, Development Manager of FACT, says making the commitment will create a better place to live, work and visit. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Debbie Herron, Development Manager of FACT, says making the commitment will create a better place to live, work and visit. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

The commitment will see everyone working at FACT receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50.

Debbie Herron, Development Manager for FACT, said: ""FACT's aim is to create a better place to live, work and visit.

"By making this commitment to our staff to pay the real Living Wage, we are actively delivering this vision.

The current Government minimum for over 23s stands at £8.91 per hour.

Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 45,000 people in Scotland. That equates to around £240 million extra for low paid Scottish workers.

Peter Kelly, Director of The Poverty Alliance, said: "Payment of the real Living Wage allows those in work to become more included in society, better meet their everyday needs, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer.

"Congratulations to Forres Area Community Trust on their Living Wage commitment, and I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming Living Wage accredited."

Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland Manager, added: “We're delighted that Forres Area Community Trust has become an accredited Living Wage employer. They join a growing movement

of over 1900 employers in Scotland who together want to ensure workers have what they need to thrive."

The Government's national living wage is different from the Living Wage Foundation's hourly rate.

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate calculated according to the costs of living. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and the work that they put in.

Scottish businesses such as SSE, Standard Life Aberdeen, Barrs and Brewdog join thousands of smaller businesses across the nation as Living Wage employers.


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