Harrogate Care Company Celebrates Living Wage Week

Home Instead Harrogate , Ripon and  Thirsk is proud to be celebrating Living Wage Week, from 9-15 November 2020,  a UK-wide celebration of the almost 7,000 employers that have voluntarily committed to ensure employees and sub-contracted staff earn a real Living Wage.

What is the real Living Wage?  
As explained by the Living Wage Foundation, the real Living Wage is an hourly rate of pay set independently and updated annually (not the UK government’s National Living Wage). It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, and employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. According to the Living Wage Foundation, since 2001 the campaign has impacted over 250,000 employees and delivered over £1.3bn extra to some of the lowest paid workers in the UK. 

The new rates for 2020/21 are £10.85 for London and £9.50 for the rest of the UK 

About the Living Wage Foundation 
The Living Wage Foundation is the institution at the heart of the independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe that a hard day’s work should mean a fair day’s pay. The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by the nearly 7,000 Living Wage Employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to ensure their staff earn a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living.

The real Living Wage is calculated according to the cost of living in the UK and in London. Employers choose to pay this wage on a voluntary basis and it applies to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people face the same living costs as everyone else.

Sheena Van Parys, co-owner of Home Instead, states; “we have always believed that our employees should receive a fair pay for the job that they do,  the Living Wage Foundation does fantastic work in encouraging organisations to pay the Living Wage. Our CAREGivers do a fantastic job in the community supporting older people, enabling them to continue to live at home, therefore they deserve to be paid fairly for the important and vital support they give.”

The New Rates for 2020/21