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PROPOSALS to increase the wages of the lowest paid council staff to £7.20 per hour will go before Solihull Council today (Friday).

Over 1,500 council employees would benefit from the Living Wage, which aims for every worker in the country to earn enough to provide their family with the essentials of life, if introduced in the borough.

Over 1,500 council employees would benefit from the Living Wage, which aims for every worker in the country to earn enough to provide their family with the essentials of life, if introduced in the borough.

The motion, proposed to Full Council by Solihull’s Labour members in July, will now be considered by the remuneration committee.

Coun Simon Slater (Lab, Shirley West) said: “Our priority is to ensure the introduction of the Living Wage of £7.20 per hour for the council’s lowest paid employees. Presently far too many council employees receive morally unacceptable low pay and we want to ensure that all our valuable staff receive a fairer deal.”

If adopted, the council wage bill will increase by at least £535,000.

Set independently every year, the Living Wage is currently £7.20 per hour for employees outside London compared to the National Minimum Wage of £6.08 and Solihull Council’s minimum wage of £6.31.

The remuneration committee report states supporters of the Living Wage argue it leads to a range of benefits including easier recruitment and retention, and helping combat child poverty, address deprivation and close the gender pay gap.

However it also found additional costs of paying a Living Wage could result in job losses.

 

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