Living Wage Awards 2014

Abbeyfield shortlisted for Living Wage Awards 2014

The Abbeyfield Society has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2014.

The awards recognise Living Wage employers that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

Natasha Singarayer, Abbeyfield chief executive, said: “This is great news and a true acknowledgment of our being the first national care provider in the UK to pay the living wage.

“The Abbeyfield Society is leading by example and already there is evidence that by being paid the Living Wage our staff feel valued. This has a positive impact not only on them but those they care for as happy staff means happy residents.”

The Living Wage Foundation offers a recognition mark for employers that commit to paying the Living Wage. There are now over 900 accredited employers.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “I would like to send huge congratulations to The Abbeyfield Society on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards. The commitment of Living Wage Employers to responsible pay makes a real difference to families and communities across the country. We look forward to celebrating this even further when announcing the winners of the Awards during Living Wage Week.”

The Award Winners will be announced during Living Wage Week 2014, 2-8 November.

The awards are judged by an independent panel of community leaders from the Citizens UK Living Wage campaign.

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