North West charity celebrates commitment to real living wage
Leading North West disability charity the Together Trust has been officially accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The charity, which employs over 850 people in the North West, has committed to paying all staff a significantly higher wage than the government minimum.
Figures from the Living Wage Foundation suggest nearly a fifth of all jobs in the North West (18.4%) are paying less than the real Living Wage. The Together Trust is supporting its staff by offering a minimum wage of £9.93 per hour rather than £8.91 per hour for over 23s.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of workers.
The Together Trust was first established in Manchester in 1870. It now cares for and champions the rights, needs and ambitions of care-experienced children and people with disabilities, autism and mental health differences.