The Living Wage Funder scheme was set up in 2015 in recognition that many charities that are reliant on grant-funding struggled to pay the real Living Wage. Set up in partnership with the People’s Health Trust and with support from other funders, the scheme aims to work with any organisation that funds, or gives grant to, other organisations to promote the Living Wage through the funding arrangement. In five years, the scheme has successfully recognised 53 funders who, already being Living Wage Employers, commit to championing a real Living Wage to their grantees and across the wider sector. The charity sector has seen nearly 1200 charities out of 6500 charities accredited Living Wage employers.
COVID-19 raises serious survival issues for the charity sector and the communities most adversely impacted by low pay, insecure work and other forms of socio-economic inequality. As funders and the VCS start to plan how to build back better, this is an opportunity to commit to a real Living Wage as part of wider good employment practices.
A briefing was held on the 28th July to look at the promotion of the Living Wage in the West Midlands. Summary notes can be found here. The contributors to the discussion were:
Yasmin Mahmoudi, Programme Manager, Living Wage Foundation provided an overview of low pay in the charity sector, the value of the Funders Living Wage Scheme and how charity employers and funders can become accredited. A copy of the presentation can be found here. If you are interested in finding out more about the Living Wage Funders Scheme or how you can consider the living wage in your grant making approach please contact Yasmin Maohmoudi – Yasmin.Mahmoudi@livingwage.org.uk
Saidul Haque Saeed, Lead Organiser, Citizens UK Birmingham provided information on their work in Birmingham in getting public bodies in particular to become accredited Living Wage employers and the difference this can make to the lives of low waged workers. A copy of the presentation can be found here.