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Waltham Forest College has received official accreditation for its adoption of the real Living Wage.

The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is calculated each year and is announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week. It is currently £9.90 in the UK, with a higher rate of £11.05 for London, reflecting the higher costs of living in the capital.

Waltham Forest College joins a growing movement of employers who together want to ensure workers earn a wage that meets the cost of living. The formal process of accreditation meant that Waltham Forest College is now able broaden our impact by going beyond the commitment to its workforce and extend the positive impact throughout its supply chains. We hope the Living Wage accreditation will inspire similar action from other employers in the sector, to recognise the important leadership and influencing role they too could have in growing the Living Wage movement.

Director of Human Resources, Jade Blackburn, said: “Against a backdrop of the rising cost of living it feels as though there has never been a more important time to ensure our staff are paid a real Living Wage and I’m delighted that Waltham Forest College is now officially accredited as a Living Wage Foundation employer. This is a real demonstration of our commitment to the College being an employer of choice in our sector and in the local community.”

Over 9000 organisations, including Waltham Forest College, voluntarily choose to pay the real Living Wage because we believe that all staff should be paid a fair wage. You can find other organisations who pay the Living Wage here: https://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-map

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