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Highland Council asked to stick with living wage pledge

Councillors are being asked to stick to Highland Council's pledge to introduce the Scottish Living Wage for its lowest paid staff.

The local authority's finance, housing and resources committee gave the green light to the pay level in October.

Since then, it has increased from £7.20 an hour to £7.45. This raises the annual cost of its introduction to the council from £322,000 to £430,000.

The figure includes pension and National Insurance.

About 800 workers would get the Scottish Living Wage.

Of those staff, 90% are women. In a report to next Wednesday's finance, housing and resources committee, council officers have recommended that the wage be introduced on 1 April 2013 as planned.

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