[:en]Cardiff Council has launched a Real Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme for SMEs, which offers financial support to organisations who become accredited Living Wage employers.
The ‘real’ Living Wage is paid by employers on a voluntary basis, it is an hourly rate which is set independently and updated yearly. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and currently stands at £8.75 in Wales. The aim of the Living Wage is that no one should have to do a day’s work for less than they can live on.
The new scheme pays up to three years of accreditation fees for Cardiff based SMEs if they gain accreditation between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018. The level of assistance available depends on the nature of the organisation and the number of employees.
There are now 122 accredited Living Wage employers in Wales, 37 of whom are Cardiff based – a doubling in 2017.
If you are interested in becoming an accredited Living Wage employer or find out more, please go to the Living Wage Foundation website[:]