We are a Living Wage Employer
Transform Community Development are proud to become Living Wage Employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate based on the cost of living. It is voluntarily paid by over 12,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.
Over 400,000 employees have received a pay rise as a result of the Living Wage campaign and we enjoy cross-party support. We have a broad range of employers accredited with the Foundation including half of the FTSE 100 and big household names including Nationwide, Google, LUSH, Everton FC and Chelsea FC, as well as thousands of SMEs.
In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign - even calling it the ‘national living wage’.
However, this wage is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live. Instead, it is based on a target to reach 66% of median earnings by 2024. Under current forecasts this means a rise to £10.50 per hour by 2024. In 2021 the government minimum was adjusted to include those over 23 years old.
The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently-calculated based on what people need to get by. That's why we encourage all employers that can afford to, to ensure their employees earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.
- The London Living Wage is currently £11.95 per hour. This covers all boroughs in Greater London.
- The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £10.90 per hour.
- The rates are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence about living standards in London and the UK.
- The basket of goods draws on the Minimum Income Standard to identify everyday living costs through public consensus.
- Before 2016 the London Living Wage was calculated by the Greater London Authority and the UK rate was calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.
Everyone Home's message the to Deputy First Minister, Shona Robison
By Bryan Smith
Transform Community Development are co-signatory to a letter to the Deputy First Minister & Cabinet Secretary for Finance urging the upcoming Scottish Government budget to address the growing housing and homelessness emergency in Scotland.