Living Wage

Turning Loud Claps into Living Wages

This title is taken from Doctoral researcher at Leeds University Business School Calum Carson’s article for the JESP European Social Policy Blog ‘Turning Loud Claps into Living Wages: Tackling In-work Poverty within a Post-COVID-19 Landscape.’ It well portrays the Living Wage Foundation and its supporters’ desire to turn the nation’s gratitude for key workers that have been putting themselves at considerable risk to deliver essential goods and services during lockdown, into tangible actions and results, rather than relying on gestures.

As suggested in the article, we want to make sure that this recognition of caring and essential work and the injustice of wide spread low pay in these sectors to ‘remain in the forefront of public debate.’ Read about the Living Wage Foundation’s focus on key workers.

Social Care and the Real Living Wage

Those that work in the social care sector have long been on the Living Wage Foundation’s radar. The strains of COVID-19 on the sector and key workers becoming more visible than ever has only served to highlight their hard work, often for poverty pay. We are beginning to see enquiries from care homes about becoming accredited employers including an accreditation this month from Gwyddfor Residential. They have already proved to be active supporters of the Living Wage and care workers rights on social media and in their actions, and we hope that other care homes and establishments will be able to follow suit.

This petition for a Real Living Wage for key workers is an opportunity to go a step further than clapping and work towards meaningful rewards. You can also write to your MP to demand a Living Wage for care workers.

Making Cardiff a Living Wage City

The Action Plan includes:
• Increasing the number of accredited Living Wage employers to 150 by 2022.
• Increasing the number of people working for accredited Living Wage employers to 48,000 by 2022.
• Encouraging major employers, iconic employers and ‘anchor’ organisations in Cardiff to become accredited Living Wage employers.
• Supporting small businesses to accredit through the Council’s Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme.

There are already over 100 Cardiff Living Wage employers signed to the scheme.

If you are an accredited Living Wage employer in Cardiff please consider joining our LinkedIn group to build a community of fair pay employers in the city. Your primary contact for accreditation will shortly receive an e-mail inviting the organisation to join.

If you a Cardiff-based organisation that has not yet accredited and would like to do so please get in touch, we are at hand to support you through all stages of accreditation and Cardiff Council’s support scheme offers a reimbursement of fees up to the value of £720 if you accredit before March 2021. 

Cardiff Council Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme

Bay Citizens Community Jobs Compact

The Bay Citizens’ Community Jobs Compact is a reciprocal agreement between the local community and the employer, co-produced by employers and communities together, and signed by major employers such as Ikea, ITV Wales, Careers Wales, and Welsh Parliament. It aims to combat such incidences by bringing local people and employers together to tackle poverty, unemployment and under-representation in the workforce.

The compact is an agreement with employers where signatories are obligated to accredit as a Living Wage employer, to recruit using name-blind and address-blind CVs and/or guarantee an interview to local residents who meet the criteria. Also, to introduce unconscious bias training for interviewers. The Compact will ensure all staff have the option of a permanent contract, and demonstrate opportunities for growth and development, for instance through internal career progression and mentoring.

If you are a Cardiff employer and would like to get involved, along with 15 other employers, that have signed the compact please get in touch with for more information.

Sustainable Academy Awards 2019 shortlist announced


We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Sustainable Academy Awards – celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. 24 finalists across eight categories have been chosen by our expert judging panel to go through to the public vote.

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

Our judging panel included Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru; Rhys Jones, Renewable UK; Angharad Davies on behalf of EDF Energy; Nia Lloyd, Keep Wales Tidy; Ruth Marks, WCVA; David Brown ARUP and Petranka Maleva, Future Generations Commissioners Office.

The judges were particularly looking for projects and initiatives that clearly delivered on the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as looking for examples that captured the imagination by going above and beyond.

Public Vote is now open!

Now it is over to you the public to help decide who will be this years winners. The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 28 November.

We hope you will be inspired by by our 24 finalists and please take the time to vote for your favourites in each category.

You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 06 November.


Outstanding Renewable Energy – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • BCB International Ltd – FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel
  • Innogy – Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
  • Egni Coop – Community owned solar

Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Credu Charity Ltd – SeaQuest Coastal Science and Education Programme
  • Greenstream Flooring
  • RCMA Social Enterprise – Real Food! Real Life!

Sustainable Business

  • The Digital Pattern Library – accessible, sustainable fashion for all
  • Dyfi Distillery – Bringing gin production close to home
  • Oseng-Rees reflection – artisan interiors and architectural installations

Sustainable Community – Sponsored EDF

  • Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
  • Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters
  • Recycle4charity – Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give

Sustainable Education or Training

  • Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People
  • Size of Wales & WCIA – MockCOP

Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain – Sponsored ARUP

  • ARIA Bridal – Designing in sustainability from the start
  • Aberystwyth University – BEACON More taste, less salt, healthier lives
  • WRAP Cymru – Public Sector Sustainable Procurement Project

Sustainable Venue or Space – Sponsored by CECA Wales

  • Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds -The Solar Powered Bench
  • LINC Cymru – Growing Green Spaces
  • SPECIFIC, Swansea University / BIPVco – Active Buildings

Sustainability Champion

  • Rachel Roberts
  • Meleri Davies
  • Paul Allen


University Of South Wales Is 200th Employer In Wales To Make Fair Pay Commitment

[:en]The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that the University of South Wales, has today accredited as a Living Wage employer, making them Wales’ 200th employer.

The Living Wage Foundation and Cynnal Cymru have hit a long-anticipated milestone after a year of significant growth. We are celebrating the 200th employer in Wales with The University of South Wales, joining our ever-growing movement of responsible Welsh businesses.

The commitment to pay the real Living Wage will see everyone working at the University, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9. This is significantly higher than the government minimum wage which can be as low as £6.15 for those aged 18 to 20.

Dr Ben Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales said:

“The University is delighted to formally receive accreditation as a Living Wage employer. Our directly employed staff have enjoyed the Living Wage rate of pay for several years but this now extends our commitment to all those working at the University. USW is hugely committed to an agenda of inclusion, and this accreditation is further testament to that aim.”

Currently, there are 33 universities UK-wide that are accredited Living Wage Employers and together they have given over £15 million back to low paid workers. These anchor institutions are making a long lasting, positive impact on their communities by paying their staff enough to live on and be able to participate fully in society. However, around 80% of universities are yet to sign up to pay a Living Wage and 5.5 million people across the UK still aren’t earning enough for a decent standard of living.

Wales is home to three of these accredited universities –Cardiff, Aberystwyth, and The Open University in Wales and now welcomes the University of South Wales as the fourth. There are a total of ten universities in Wales – meaning that six are yet to accredit and make the commitment.

Mick Antoniw, Welsh Labour AM for Pontypridd said:

“I’m pleased to see the University of South Wales join other Living Wage universities in Wales. Over 162 employees will benefit from an increase in wages at the university, we want to make sure that all people in Wales get a fair wage for the work they do. This is another positive step in eradicating poverty wages.”

Several community groups worked with the University on their accreditation and took part in a celebratory action to congratulate the University on their decision to become an accredited Living Wage Employer and the positive effects that this would have on the local economy as the University is such a big employer in the area. This included distributing Living Wage cupcakes throughout the University.

Left to right: Dan Beard UNISON USW Branch Secretary, Francis Hunt Salem Baptist Church Tonteg, Rev Peter Lewis Leader with Citizens Cymru Wales, Dr Ben Calvert Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales, Richard Weaver Citizens Cymru Wales Organiser, Robert Baker Director of Human Resources University of South Wales

Peter Lewis, Team Vicar of Pontypridd and a Leader with Citizens Cymru Wales said:
“I run a Job Club in Pontypridd and am very aware that employing people at the right level of wages can be critical to the well-being of their household. Many folk who are looking for cleaning work for example have to carefully balance whether they can afford to undertake that work, so for us to have a significant local employer like the University of South Wales now committed to the Living Wage means that more people in our area will have the opportunity of working for a fair wage. Congratulations to the University of South Wales for helping our communities into work.”

Dan Beard, UNISON USW Branch Secretary said:

“This is good news for all support staff at the University and we thank the University for working with us on this.  We are also appreciative of the leadership shown by the Welsh Government on this and note Kirsty Williams’ call last year for universities to establish a Living Wage sector rapidly.  This is a clear sign of how the proposed Social Partnership Act could function, with trade unions, employers and government working together.”

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru said:

“We are really pleased to have the University of South Wales join Cardiff, Aberystwyth and the Open University in Wales, as Accredited Living Wage Employers.”

“It is also a firm step forward for Wales to have reached its 200th accreditation. However, we still have a mountain to climb to ensure all people in Wales have fair wages and we are still far behind Scotland with over 1,500 employers and England with over 3,500 living wage accredited employers.”

“I congratulate the University of South Wales for ensuring their employees and contractors get fair pay for the work they do, I know how much of a difference this can make to so many lives.”[:cy]Mae Sefydliad Cyflog Byw wrth ei bodd i gyhoeddi bod Prifysgol De Cymru wedi achredu heddiw fel Cyflogwr Cyflog Byw, yn eu gwneud nhw’r cyflogwr 200fed yng Nghymru. 

Mae’r Sefydliad Cyflog Byw a Chynnal Cymru wedi cyrraedd cerrig milltir ar ôl flwyddyn o dwf. Rydyn ni’n dathlu Prifysgol De Cymru yn ymuno ein symudiad o fusnesau cyfrifol yng Nghymru.

Mae ymrwymiad i dalu’r cyflog byw yn golygu bod pob gweithiwr yn y Brifysgol yn derbyn lleiafswm o £9 yr awr os ydyn nhw’n weithiwr parhaol neu gontractwyr trydydd parti. Mae’r Cyflog byw yn uwch na lleiafswm y Llywodraeth sy’n gallu bod mor isel â £6.15 i weithwyr 18-20 oed.

Meddai Dr Ben Calvert, Ddirprwy Is-Ganghellor, Prifysgol De Cymru:

“Mae’r brifysgol wrth ei bodd i dderbyn achrediad ffurfiol fel cyflogwr Cyflog Byw.  Mae ein staff sydd yn cael eu cyflogi’n uniongyrchol wedi mwynhau gradd tâl y Cyflog byw am flynyddoedd ond mae hyn nawr yn ehangu i unrhywun sydd yn gweithio i’r Brifysgol. Mae PDC yn ymrwymedig i agenda o gynhwysiad, ac mae’r achrediad yn dystiolaeth bellach i’r nod ‘ma.”

Ar hyn o bryd, mae 33 Prifysgol ar draws y DU sydd wedi achredu fel cyflogwyr Cyflog Byw ac wedi rhoi dros £15 miliwn yn ôl i weithwyr ar dal isel. Mae sefydliadau angor fel prifysgolion yn cael effaith cadarnhaol a hir dymor ar eu cymunedau gan dalu staff digon i fyw a bod yn rhan o gymdeithas yn llawn. Sut bynnag, o gwmpas 80% o brifysgolion heb achredu eto a dyw 5.5 miliwn o bobl yn y DU ddim yn ennill digon am safon byw go lew.

Mae tri o brifysgolion sydd wedi achredu yng Nghymru sef Caerdydd, Aberystwyth a’r Brifysgol Agored yng Nghymru – rydyn ni nawr yn croesawu Prifysgol De Cymru fel y pedwerydd. Mae deg o brifysgolion yng Nghymru yn golygu bod angen i chwech mwy achredu a gwneud yr ymrwymiad.

Meddai Mick Antoniw, AS Llafur Cymreig i Bontypridd:

“Rydw i’n falch i weld Prifysgol De Cymru yn ymuno â phrifysgolion eraill yng Nghymru. Bydd dros 162 o weithwyr yn manteisio o fwy o dâl yn y Brifysgol ac rydyn ni eisiau sicrhau bod pob person yng Nghymru yn derbyn cyflog teg am y gwaith eu bod nhw’n gwneud. Mae’r achrediad yn gam cadarnhaol tuag at ddiwreiddio cyflogau tlodi.”

Gweithiodd grwpiau eraill gyda’r brifysgol ar ei hachrediad a chymeron nhw ran yn y dathliadau gan fynd â chacennau i’r brifysgol. Roedden nhw’n falch i ddathlu’r effeithiau cadarnhaol a fydd yr achrediad yn cael ar yr economi lleol achos bod y Brifysgol yn gyflogwr cymaint yn yr ardal.

Chwith i’r Dde: Dan Beard  Ysgrifennydd Cangen PDC UNISON, Francis Hunt Eglwys Bedyddwyr Salem Tonteg, Rev Peter Lewis Arweinydd gyda Citizens Cymru Wales, Dr Ben Calvert Ddirprwy Is-Ganghellor, Prifysgol De Cymru, Richard Weaver Trefnydd Citizens Cymru Wales, Robert Baker Cyfarwyddwr Adnoddau Dynol Prifysgol De Cymru

Meddai Peter Lewis, Ficar Tim Pontypridd ac Arweinydd gyda Citizens Cymru Wales:

“Dw i’n cynnal Clwb Swyddi ym Mhontypridd ac yn deall bod y radd dal gywir yn gallu bod yn bwysig iawn i lesiant cartref. Mae llawer o bobl sydd yn chwilio am waith glanhau er enghraifft ac mae rhaid iddyn nhw gydbwyso os ydyn nhw’n gallu fforddio mynd mewn i waith. I gael cyflogwr lleol fel Prifysgol De Cymru yn ymrwymedig i’r Cyflog Byw yn golygu bod mwy o bobl yn ein hardal ni yn gallu cael y cyfle i weithio am gyflog teg. Llongyfarchiadau i’r Brifysgol am helpu ein cymunedau mewn i’r gwaith.”

Meddai Dan Beard, Ysgrifennydd Cangen PDC UNISON:

“Mae hyn yn newyddion da i staff cefnogaeth y Brifysgol ac rydyn ni’n dweud diolch i’r Brifysgol am weithio gyda ni ar hynny. Rydyn ni hefyd yn gwerthfawrogi’r arweinyddiaeth dangoswyd gan Lywodraeth Cymru a galwad Kirsty Williams y llynedd am brifysgolion i sefydlu sector cyflog byw yn gyflym. Mae’r achrediad yn arwydd amlwg o sut mae Deddf Partneriaeth Gymdeithasol yn gallu gweithio gydag undebau llafur, cyflogwyr a’r llywodraeth yn gweithio gyda’i gilydd.”

Meddai Mari Arthur, Cyfarwyddwr Cynnal Cymru: 

“Rydyn ni’n falch iawn bod Prifysgol De Cymru wedi ymuno a Caerdydd, Aberystwyth a’r Prifysgol Agored yng Nghymru fel cyflogwyr cyglof byw achredadwy.”

“Mae hefyd yn gam cryf ymlaen i Gymru i gyraedd yr achrediad 200fed. Sut bynnag, mae dal mynydd inni ddringo i sicrhau bod pob person yng Nghymru yn derbyn cyflog teg ac rydyn ni’n tu ol i’r Alban gyda dros 1500 o achrediadau a’r Lloegr gyda dros 3500 achrediadau.”

“Rydw i’n llongyfarch Prifysgol De Cymru am sicrhau bod cyflogwyr nhw a chontractau yn derbyn cyflog teg am y gwaith eu bod nhw’n gwneud. Rydw i’n gwybod pa fath o wahaniaeth gall hyn gwneud i gymaint o fywydau.”









‘Living Hours’ Programme Launched to Tackle Work Insecurity

[:en]New research finds one in six workers trapped in insecure work and low pay, with millions facing cancelled shifts, a lack of hours, or short-term contracts

  • Over 5 million (5.1m) workers earn less than the real Living Wage and are in a form of insecure work, 2 million of which are parents
  • Wales, the North East and the East Midlands have the highest rates of insecure work, with Scotland, the South East and London the lowest

The Living Wage Foundation has today launched ‘Living Hours’

This is a major new programme to tackle widespread insecurity over hours and provide workers with real control over their lives. The scheme will require organisations to pay the real Living Wage and commit to provide workers with at least four weeks’ notice of shifts, a contract that accurately reflects hours worked, and a contract with a guaranteed minimum of 16 hours a week. Organisations that agree to these measures will be accredited as Living Hours employers alongside their Living Wage accreditation.

The announcement comes as new research commissioned by the Living Wage Foundation has revealed that one in six, or around 5 million workers, are trapped in insecure forms of work, including short-term contracts, low wage contracts with varying pay and hours, and underemployment. The research found:

  • 2 million workers in insecure work are parents
  • Over a fifth (22%) of workers aged 16-24 are in insecure work, and in all categories of insecure work young people are worst affected.
  • However, insecurity is not just a problem for young people – 1 in 2 employed people (46%) experiencing insecurity at work are over the age of 35
  • Over a fifth (21%) of the working population in Wales experiences insecure work, and 17% in the North East, compared to 15% in London and 13% in Scotland.
  • Those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are disproportionately affected: 15% of white people in work are experiencing insecurity in comparison to 17% of workers from mixed/multiple ethnic groups, 17% of Asian/Asian British workers and 17% of Black/African/Caribbean/Black British workers

Major Living Wage employers including Aviva, SSE, Richer Sounds, and Standard Life Aberdeen have committed to sign up to the scheme, and the Foundation expects other major employers to sign up over the coming months.

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“The Living Wage has put over £850m extra into the pockets of more than 200,000 workers, but it’s increasingly clear that pay is not the only driver of in-work poverty. A lack of secure, stable hours is leaving millions of families struggling to keep their heads above water. This isn’t good for workers or businesses.”

“Constant uncertainty over the number of hours and the amount of pay you’ll get each week places people under enormous pressure. A shift cancelled at the last minute might sound trivial, but it can be the difference between being able to pay for your family’s dinner that night or going hungry.”

“We’ve consulted with hundreds of workers, employers and trade unions in drawing up these measures to ensure they are ambitious but achievable. We believe Living Hours will provide an important new measure to fight in-work poverty and to provide workers and their families with stability and security.”

Julian Richer, CEO of Richer Sounds, said:

“If you treat the people who work for you well, you’re going to have happier, more motivated staff, and ones that stay with you for years. That makes a huge difference, and that’s what I’ve found paying the Living Wage. We just need more businesses to realise this. Offering Living Hours is a great way to provide workers with security, but it’s also going to help businesses in the long-run.”[:]

Championing the Living Wage – 2019 Winners Announced!


In an evening ceremony at the Guildhall in London- those shortlisted as this year’s champions of the Living Wage movement were thanked by the Foundation’s Director Katherine Chapman for their hard work that had contributed to a sum of £950 million being put back into worker’s pockets by the UK’s over 5000 accredited employers over the course of the last year.

The Winners:

Congratulations to all the Champions of the Living Wage – doing their part in combating in-work poverty and placing importance on the well-being of their employees, which in turn, reaps the benefits of a healthy and motivated workforce with reduced absenteeism and improved retention rates.

We must award a special congratulations to our Welsh winners – Cardiff Council. They are proactive champions of the real Living Wage in Wales and do more than their fair share as a local authority to boost numbers of accredited employers – including 86 in the Cardiff region. It is for this reason and others that they are bringing a Places Champion Award back to Wales. Llongyfarchiadau! 


Roll out the green carpet: Wales’ Sustainable Academy Awards are back!


A newly established awards ceremony celebrating Wales’ burgeoning sustainability and green energy sectors is back for its second year, Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru have announced.

After the success of the inaugural event last year, the two organisations confirmed that the event will be now be an annual celebration of the excellent work being done by people and organisations across Wales. It will be held again at Principality Stadium, the low carbon home of Welsh Rugby,  on Thursday November 28th, 2019.

The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales. The awards, which span community, public and private sectors, celebrate sustainability and low carbon energy excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; all the more relevant within the backdrop of a climate emergency.

Wales & West Utilities has confirmed it will resume its headline sponsorship of the event with Welsh Government and EDF renewable also returning as category sponsors.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Awards are my favourite event each year as we celebrate the voluntary commitments of community groups, individuals that champion initiatives through their own passion, and organisations that have made corporate decisions to do things better! Each and every finalist is delivering the Well-being of Future Generations and Environment Acts, from the ground up”.


Rhys Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“How we deal with averting climate change comes down to taking affirmative action right here in Wales. The quality and level of interest we’ve seen in this event from the get-go shows that individuals, communities and businesses across Wales are mainstreaming sustainability as never before, and in ways which deliver significant direct and indirect benefits. As for the venue, it’s used to hosting world-leading acts so no doubt our award winners should feel right at home!” 


The nine categories are:

Sustainability Champion
Outstanding Renewable Energy Project
Sustainable Space
Sustainable Business
Sustainable Innovation in the Public Sector
Sustainable Community
Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain
Outstanding Social Enterprise
Sustainable Education or Training

Further information about entry criteria is on the Sustainable Academy Awards website:, together with details of how to enter.  Entries should be submitted by midnight on Sunday 15 September. Three entries per category will be shortlisted to be put to the public vote. These votes will be added to the results from a panel of independent judges to decide the winners. The judges’ decision is final. Shortlisted entries will be informed shortly after the closing date and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in the Principality Stadium.

There are still opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event. To find out more details about what is available, please contact Lynsey Jackson on 029 2043 1746 or email



About Renewable UK Cymru

Renewable UK Cymru is a membership organisation promoting clean energy and sustainable infrastructure.  We make our members more successful, reduce barriers for community energy projects and engage with the public, Welsh Government and stakeholders.


About Cynnal Cymru

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for Sustainable Development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales a low carbon, resource efficient, healthy, just and prosperous society, thriving in balance with the natural ecosystems that support it. We facilitate the talent, skills and innovation of our people through our consultancy services, our events and training. We enable individuals, organisations and businesses in Wales to deliver measurable change and become leaders and pioneers for a better world.[:]

Living Wage Public Bodies

[:en]The Living Wage Foundation have compiled research with the Smith Institute which reveals that as many as 1.2 million people working for the NHS, councils and other public sector employers receive low wages of less than £9 an hour, or £10.55 in London.

Public sector workers, employed either directly by the state or on outsourced contracts, account for up to 20% of the 6 million people in Britain paid less than this level. The real living wage is higher than the government’s legally enforceable “national living wage” of £8.21 an hour.

The report revealed the vast majority of public sector workers earning below the real living wage are in local authority jobs, including teaching assistants, cleaners, care workers and catering staff. Almost half a million are on outsourced contracts, while 725,000 work directly for a public sector body. The research is summarized on the Living Wage Foundation website.

As the accrediting body in Wales; we propose that all public bodies should work toward accreditation in an effort to lead by example as often large employers with strong public presences and clear opportunities to strengthen local economies through the driving of fair pay practices. They also have the opportunity to lead on procurement practice and how this can be implemented. The Code of Practice: Ethical Employment in Supply Chains offers a Guide on Implementing the Living Wage.

Of the 44 public bodies in Wales there is currently one local authority accredited – Cardiff Council, and they join Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales along with commissioner’s offices including the Older People’s Commissioner, Children’s Commissioner and Future Generations Commissioner.

The Office of the Future Generations Commissioner urges public bodies to become Living Wage accredited as one of their suggested simple changes . The ‘Art of the Possible’ is one of the Commissioner’s main programmes of work. It is a partnership approach to shining a light on great work that is improving well-being in communities across Wales. It will set out a positive vision of what a ‘possible’ Wales could look like if public bodies respond to the opportunities that the Well-being of Future Generations legislation provides in order to make better decisions. Becoming a Living Wage employer is part of this positive vision for the future under the well-being goal of ‘a prosperous Wales.’



As stated by Professor Kate Pickett in the January 2014 report If you could do one thing: nine local actions to reduce health inequalities:

“The single best action that I believe local authorities can take to reduce health inequalities is to implement a living wage policy.”

Professor Pickett’s paper in the same report, Addressing Health Inequalities Through Greater Social Equality at a Local Level: Implement a Living Wage Policy also focuses on the other noted social benefits of the payment of a living wage including a route out of in-work poverty, incentive to work, improvements in work quality and productivity, and positive impacts on recruitment and retention- including decreases in absenteeism and improved well-being.


Get in Touch

Do you work in the public sector? Would you like to hear more about links between the well-being of future generations and the payment of a living wage?



Living Wage Champion Awards 2019



The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement. The evening will be a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on our Living Wage employers with a chance to tell their stories and commend their achievements. It will be an event full of networking, entertainment and food. There will also be the opportunity to decide the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’  on the night. We are pleased to announce that Martin Lewis will be the special host. 

This event is invite-only but you can join the conversation on social media and support the Welsh employers on the short-lists by using the hashtags #LivingWageChampions and #LivingWage.



Five awards for those who have shown exceptional leadership over the last year by promoting the Living Wage in their industry and supply chain.


Five awards for those who have shown leadership on the Living Wage in industries with high levels of low pay, such as retail and care.


Five awards for teams and community groups that have successfully campaigned on the Living Wage and have grown the Living Wage movement.


Three awards for Living Wage Employers who have successfully driven take-up of the real Living Wage in a particular place/area.


Three awards for Living Wage Employers that use their funding and grant-making processes to promote the real Living Wage in low pay sector reliant on grants, such as charities and the arts, as part of the Foundation’s Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme.


Three awards open to Living Wage Employers that have shown exceptional leadership in tackling in-work poverty and improving the well-being of their lower paid employees.


An award open to all employees at Living Wage Employers who can make the case for why their Living Wage Employer or Recognised Service Provider deserves to be recognised as an excellent place to work for all employees and sub-contracted staff.


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