NCVO comments on report by the Living Wage Commission

Commenting on the report of the Living Wage Commission Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO and member of the Living Wage Commission, said:

‘There is a clear moral, economic and business case for increasing the wages of the lowest paid.

‘Today’s report reminds us that investing in people not only improves their own wellbeing but can also improve organisations’ ability to attract, motivate and retain great staff.

‘I know times are tough for many charities, but we are making good progress, with over two hundred accredited Living Wage employers in our sector. Wherever possible, I would encourage charities to consider becoming living wage employers.

‘One of the drivers of low pay in the voluntary sector is the terms and fees for public service contracts. NCVO has called for contracts that enable providers to pay their staff the living wage.’

Notes

NCVO is a Living Wage employer, meaning all its staff and those of its contractors working here are paid at least the (London) Living Wage.

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