28 October 2016
On Monday 31 October the new Living Wage rates for the UK and London are announced. The real Living Wage rates for the UK and London are independently calculated and based on what employees and their families need to get by.
Macmillan is proud to be a Living Wage Employer. It means that we commit to paying our staff and contractors that work regularly in our premises at least the Living Wage. This outstrips the minimum wage rate and the ‘national living wage’, which is in effect a higher minimum wage. The Living Wage is assessed independently and is based on the actual cost of living.
For people who are paid the real Living Wage it means the difference between just getting the government minimum and earning enough to afford the things you need to live, like a decent meal, a warm home and a birthday treat for your children.
Cancer affects more than 1 in 3 people and Macmillan also recognises that people affected by cancer can benefit from the Living Wage. Cancer does not discriminate between those in low paying jobs and those in higher paying jobs, and people affected by cancer have the same concerns as other people, including worrying about how to pay the bills. The Living Wage for those in lower paid jobs, will help relieve financial pressures that so many people face today.