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Cleanall adopts the UK Living Wage
The Living Wage, calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually and is something employers can either choose to pay or simply ignore.
One of the first businesses outside London to become recognised as a Living Wage Service Provider is Cleanall Services of Leyland. The company pays the living wage to colleagues working at the Community Gateway Housing Association, which in itself signed up to the Living Wage in Preston in partnership with Preston City Council.
The Living Wage is gaining momentum and already enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. In November, Boris Johnson announced the new rate of £8.80 for London, from the NHS Great Ormond Street Hospital (which is accredited), while Bishop Paul Butler announced from Nottingham the UK rate for outside of London, as being £7.65.
Cleanall is looking to develop their adoption further in line with its Corporate & Social Responsibility objectives.
"We literally jumped at the chance to become involved in the Living Wage - as an indicator of a business's corporate & social responsibility it cannot be over-estimated. Our customers really appreciate the fact that we look after our employees and it is a win, win scenario... our staff are motivated and focused upon the job.
"I would not hesitate to recommend the Living Wage to any like-minded business or potential client. We shall be offering a Living Wage based submission as an option in all our tenders to highlight the relatively small cost differential for clients to engage with a wholly ethical and socio-economically beneficial solution."
Leigh Bentley, Facilities Manager at Community Gateway Housing Association says:
"Cleanall has shown itself to be forward thinking by becoming a recognised Living Wage Service Provider. We commend Cleanall for being the first service provider in Lancashire to take this up."
Caroline Reilly, Employer Support at the Living Wage Foundation, explains: "The Living Wage has recently gained real momentum in 2013 - growing from 70 to 500 accredited employers in just one year. For a lot of employers, moving those who are outsourced onto working with the Living Wage rate, has been a challenging step for enabling full accreditation. Now a growing number of service providers who have led in its success, recognise the added benefits this brings to their businesses, their clients and their employees respectively and the increase in overall quality of services that this brings. Cleanall are now leading in sharing this offering as an improved service solution, alongside their general market rate offerings.
"They have signed an agreement with the Living Wage Foundation to commit to offering this for all future bids, tenders and quotes."
16th January 2014