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Pay boost for more than 800 council workers

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

More than 800 workers will receive a pay boost after Cornwall Council was awarded Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

The move will see workers across the county receive an extra £10m in their pay packets over the next four years.

The difference is currently £9 per hour compared to the UK’s minimum wage of £8.21, and the employees affected will see an average salary rise of 7.7%.

group of people holding a certificate
Cornwall Council
Cornwall Council cabinet members with the LWF accreditation

The council started paying its directly employed staff the Foundation Living Wage rate in 2015.

Now, the scheme is being expanded to include the council’s group of companies and contractors the authority directly employs.

It is fantastic to become an accredited Foundation Living Wage authority. It clearly shows our commitment to helping support our lowest paid members of staff. We now hope other businesses across Cornwall will follow this example when they are able to. It is good for businesses as well as employers, and will help end Cornwall’s reputation as a low-wage economy."

Councillor Julian GermanDeputy Leader of Cornwall Council