HOW THE BRIGHTON AND HOVE CAMPAIGN CAME ABOUT

In October 2011 Councillor Bill Randall formed the Brighton and Hove Living Wage Commission, chaired by Julia Chanteray, the President of the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.

The Commission met for six months, examining how paying the Living Wage could potentially affect local businesses and employees and how it might alleviate poverty in the city.

In February 2012, Brighton Chamber held a Big Debate to enable the city’s businesses to voice their views directly and, when it came to the vote, the Living Wage received an overwhelming business endorsement.

In April 2012, the city’s Living Wage Commission announced that a business-led, two-year campaign for a Living Wage would be spearheaded by Brighton Chamber, with the goal of making Brighton and Hove a great example of how the Living Wage can become the normal and accepted minimum level of payment for all employers in the city.

We are encouraging local businesses to voluntarily commit to paying their employees the Living Wage. Businesses can sign up to show their commitment and can then display a Brighton & Hove Living Wage logo on their premises or marketing material.

  • Living Wage Survey Results – 2017

  • Living Wage Survey Results – 2016

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  • Living Wage Review – 2015

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  • Timeline of events

    October 2011

    Former Leader of the Council, Councillor Bill Randall forms Brighton & Hove Living Wage Commission, chaired by Julia Chanteray, the President of the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce. The Commission meets for six months, examining how paying the Living Wage could potentially affect local businesses and employees and how it might alleviate poverty in the city

    The Living Wage hourly rate in UK currently stands at £7.20 per hour. The figure is revised annually to account for inflation. In comparison, the National Minimum Wage is £6.08 per hour.

    February 2012

    Brighton Chamber holds a Big Debate to enable city’s businesses to voice their views and the Living Wage receives overwhelming business endorsement

    April 2012

    Living Wage Commission announces a business-led two-year campaign for a Living Wage will be spearheaded by the Brighton Chamber with the goal of making Brighton & Hove a great example of how the Living Wage can be a normal and accepted minimum level of payment for all employers

    November 2012

    The Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign begins, managed by the Brighton Chamber supported by Brighton & Hove City Council

    Over 30 businesses signed up during the period of the initial £7.20 rate. This includes companies small and large – such as Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove Bus Company, the CVSF and Brighton Council

    The first UK wide celebration of the Living Wage and Living Wage employers takes place 4th-10th November

    The Living Wage hourly rate in UK is announced during Living Wage Week 2012 and is set at £7.45

    January 2013

    Living Wage website launched http://livingwagebrighton.co.uk

    June 2013

    As of June 1st there are 65 businesses signed up

    September 2013

    The Argus runs online ballot asking “Is Brighton & Hove City Council right to recommend contractors pay their staff a living wage” – 74% of respondents replied “YES”

    November 2013

    Living Wage Week 2013 takes place 3rd – 9th November

    The Living Wage hourly rate in UK is announced during Living Wage Week and is set at £7.65

    Brighton Chamber celebrate the recruitment of over 100 local businesses supporting the Living Wage Campaign with an event in the offices of Mayo Wynne Baxter with guest speaker Caroline Lucas MP attending

    December 2013

    Review of the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign conducted

    January 2014

    Info graphic made from the review to share success of the campaign so far

    February 2014

    Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign links up with Digital Tactics to launch an interactive Living Wage business map for the city

    April 2014

    UNISON agree to support the campaign and it is extended for a third year

    July 2014

    Summer campaign video created as the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign moves to more of a digital campaign

    October 2014

    Over 150 businesses, charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations have signed up to the campaign

    November 2014

    Living Wage Week 2014 takes place 2nd – 8th November

    35 businesses sign up to the campaign in the run up to and during Living Wage Week

    The Living Wage Campaign receives great press and PR across the city, appearing in The Argus, The Brighton & Hove Independent and on Radio Reverb, Latest TV

    Over 170 businesses, social enterprises and public sector organisations have signed up to the campaign at this point

    A small group in Lewes enlist the help of the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign to promote the Living Wage to local shops and businesses

    December 2014

    Photographs of Living Wage employers taken by Simon Callaghan

    January 2015

    Lincoln Council get in touch to find out how the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign started and how it’s been so successful in order to start local campaign

    February 2015

    Madison Solutions redesign the website, making it more responsive and easier to use www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk

    March 2015

    Brighton Chamber host a ‘Living Wage’ themed breakfast event, with three Living Wage employers sharing their experiences

    It is announced that over 200 local businesses have signed up to the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign with a 5 page spread in the Brighton & Hove Independent

    April 2015 

    UNISON agree to continue supporting the campaign and it is extended for a fourth year

    May 2015

    Meet with the Living Wage Foundation to discuss further ways of working together

    The Lewes Living Wage Campaign grows, setting up a website and Twitter account. Richard Wolfstrome, the designer who created the Brighton & Hove Living Wage logo, adapts the design for Lewes

    Richard Wolfstrome also creates a new logo for supporters of the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign

    Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign is promoted at the Let’s Do Business show

    June 2015

    Professor of Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School, Edmund Heery, gets in touch asking for help with research looking at the role of businesses in shaping the world of work and the Living Wage

    Brighton Journalist Works graduate spends a week doing work experience with Brighton Chamber, meeting and interviewing Living Wage employers

    July 2015

    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announces a new compulsory ‘National Living Wage’ in the 2015 Budget, starting next April at £7.20 per hour and applying only to those over the age of 25. Living Wage campaigners feel that this is simply an increase of the Minimum Wage, not a Living Wage, and will continue to encourage businesses to sign up to pay their staff at least £7.85 in the UK and £9.15 in London

    Ask businesses that have signed up to the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign to fill in a survey about their experiences, with 105 employers completing it

    Shortlisted for the Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2015 for the Greatest Contribution to the Community

    Review of the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign conducted

    Living Wage employer and supporters of the campaign Lollipop Print kindly print us a new batch of Living Wage stickers for businesses to display in their office or shop front

    August 2015

    Info graphic made from the review and survey results to share success of the campaign so far

    Living Wage employer and Chamber board member Andy Winter appears on Latest TV talking about the Living Wage and why it is so important to get behind it in Brighton

    Brighton Chamber intern Mike Gray meets and creates videos with some of our Living Wage employers; Fin and Farm, R&M Scaffolding and Meerkat Works

    Attend a Green Business reception with Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, to talk about sustainable business and the Living Wage

    September 2015

    Attend the Brighton and Hove Business Awards

    October 2015

    Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign is promoted at the Brighton Summit

    The Brighton & Hove Fairness Commission gets in touch asking for the review and survey results to include in the evidence pack for their next meeting

    Prepare for the annual Living Wage Week 2015, which will take place from 1st – 7th November

  • Living Wage Calculator

    This table is for reference only and based on a 37.5 hour working week. Created from Hourly Wage Tax Calculator November 2015.

    Minimum Wage
    £7.05
    Government's 'National Living Wage'
    £7.50
    Living Wage
    £8.75
    Living Wage (London)
    £10.20
    GrossTake HomeGrossTake HomeGrossTake HomeGrossTake Home
    Daily (8 hours)£52.13£47.63£54.00£48.90£63.38£55.28£73.13£61.91
    Weekly (5 days)£260.65£238.15£270.00£244.50£316.90£276.40£365.65£309.55
    Monthly£1,129.48£1,031.98£1,170.00£1,059.50£1,373.23£1,197.73£1,584.48£1,341.38
    Annual£13,553.80£12,383.80£14,040.00£12,714.00£16,478.80£14,372.80£19,013.80£16,096.60
  • Living Wage Review - 2013

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  • Living Wage Review - 2014

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  • About The Living Wage Foundation

    The Living Wage campaign was first launched in 2001 by London Citizens (now known as Citizens UK) in response to the National Minimum Wage being considered too low for people to live on. Members found that despite working two minimum wage jobs, they were struggling to make ends meet and were left with little time for family and community life. They felt that wages should reflect the true cost of living.

    Following a series of successful Living Wage campaigns, the Greater London Authority created the Living Wage Unit in 2005 to calculate the London Living Wage. An increasing number of employers decided to pay the Living Wage in London and people around the UK started to take an interest. Local campaigns emerged and the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, began calculating a UK wide Minimum Income Standard (MIS).

    The MIS aims to define an adequate income, based on what members of the public think is enough money to live on to maintain a socially-acceptable quality of life. The figures generated are used to calculate the Living Wage outside of London.

    In 2011 Citizens UK launched the Living Wage Foundation and Living Wage Employer mark. Since 2001 the campaign has impacted tens of thousands of employees and put over £210 million into the pockets of some of the lowest paid workers in the UK.

    For more information on the Living Wage Foundation click here.

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