During Living Wage Week, the Diocesan Secretary, Robert Higham welcomes the continued work of the Living Wage Foundation which announced its annual increase in the Living Wage to £8.75 per hour.

The Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance has supported the Living Wage since 2014 and is one of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to pay the figure which is independently calculated to meet the cost of living. The new rate will be implemented within six months.

Robert Higham, said: “Being a Living Wage employer is important to the Board of Finance, particularly with the impact of inflation on those with lower incomes. As well as ensuring that all our employees are paid at least the Living Wage, we also encourage all other church bodies to consider this for their own employees.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing so to but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”

For more information about Living Wage Week go to http://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk