Group celebrates Living Wage Week


A local group celebrated Living Wage Week at the Town Hall last week following the announcement of new rates.

Lewes for a Living Wage had even more to celebrate at their event after the Living Wage Foundation revealed new rates of £8.25 outside London and £9.40 in the capital.

Lewes manager of Barclays Bank, Hayley Iveson, was in attendance at the event. Barclays is a member of the UK-wide Living Wage Foundation, with all staff paid at least the Living Wage, including apprentices and contract workers such as cleaners.

Also present was Jonathan Spencer, CEO of the Bevern Trust, a care home in Barcombe, which signed up to the Living Wage Foundation a few months ago.

He talked about how employees feel more valued for the work they do.

Andrew Bird from Silverado Contemporary Jewellery in School Hill said they had paid the Living Wage for about three years, and this had drawn the employees in their four shops into a community within the company.

The Living Wage is a voluntary hourly rate, calculated annually according to the cost of living.

At £9.40 in London and £8.25 for the rest of the UK, these rates are higher than government minimum rates, including the recently announced ‘national living wage’, and applies to all workers over 18.

The Mayor of Lewes Cllr Susan Murray welcomed everyone, and several other councillors were present including Imogen Makepeace, Stephen Catlin, Ruth O’Keeffe, Fraser Addecott and Tony Rowell.

Debbie Twitchen from Landport Food Bank said many people who came to food banks were actually in work.

Others present were Sharon Kaye from Sun Rose Care, Adam Wolecki from Lewes FC, Chris Rowland from Ovesco and Felicity Carter from Felicity’s Childminding.

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