The Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign reaches 700 milestone


The Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign has recently reached 700 local employers signed up with over 3640 wages raised as a result!

We have invited the Living Wage employers to get together (virtually) to celebrate on 27 May to network and to hear from Council Leader Cllr Phelim MacCafferty, Sue Bowes previously at UNISON Brighton and living wage employer Vic Borrill, Director at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

Since the pandemic started, businesses have found themselves in an extremely challenging situation – but we are so pleased that employers have continued to join the campaign steadily each week.

Recent signups include: 67 Degrees, Brighton and Hove News, Freedom Works, My Home Care and Brighton Table Tennis Club.

The campaign has been run by Brighton Chamber since 2012, supported by Brighton & Hove City Council and Unison Brighton.

Now in its nineth year, Sarah Springford, CEO at Brighton Chamber said:

“We are pleased that in spite of the impact of Covid and the challenges that many businesses have faced, 100 employers have signup to the campaign during the last 12 months.”

The aim of the campaign is to support and encourage local businesses to voluntarily pay all employees the real Living Wage instead of the government’s national minimum. This amounts to £9.50 per hour for Brighton & Hove, and the UK.

The Living Wage is reviewed every year, independently calculated by the Resolution Foundation based on the average costs of leading a decent life in the UK.

Vic Borrill, Director at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership said:

“Paying the Living Wage is crucial in preventing food poverty and its associated impact on mental and physical health and educational attainment. Household food insecurity is a very concerning ongoing issue for Brighton & Hove with 5310 people (including 1300 children) receiving support with food each week. Many of those receiving support are in work. Paying the Living Wage and offering secure employment contracts are key to helping lift people out of the poverty that causes them to make impossible choices such as paying the rent or paying for food.  This is why the Food Partnership supports the Living Wage Campaign and thanks to everyone who signs up to be a Living Wage employer.”

Paying the Living Wage is an opportunity for local businesses to help support fair pay, show they value their staff, and also inspire local businesses in other areas to follow in their footsteps. It can be a powerful statement of Brighton & Hove values. 74% of businesses said the Living Wage had a positive impact on their staff and 85% said that it was important for business.

It’s free to sign up and takes less than 5 minutes. If you’d like to join the Brighton & Hove’s Living Wage employers, head to the campaign’s website today!


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