Todays Date
    24 April 2014

    Coalition call for Manchester Council to introduce living wage

    A coalition of community leaders, and young people supported by Local
    Councillors and Sir Gerald Kaufman MP have come together to call on
    Manchester City Council to implement the Living Wage.

    The campaign for The Living Wage 4 Manchester was launched in Longsight on
    Sunday 28 April 2013 was attended by people who believe that the
    introduction of the Living Wage in Manchester will not only benefit local
    people but will also boost the city’s economy.

    Campaigners have written to the Leader of Manchester City Council asking
    for the lowest paid members of staff to be paid at least £7.45 an hour and
    for the Council to do all it can to encourage other employers in the City
    to do the same.

    Manchester City Council currently pay a Manchester minimum wage which is
    30p an hour less than The Living Wage, which is set by Centre for Research
    in Social Policy and is calculated to cover the basic cost of living in the

    Rick McDonald from Manchester Youth Academy said ” Making sure people in
    Manchester are paid fairly is really important to us as we know its really
    hard for our families who working hard but are still struggling to afford
    to pay all the bills. We are really pleased that our local Councillor
    Luthfur Rahman and Sir Gerald Kaufman MP have helped support our Living
    Wage 4 Manchester campaign. ”

    Alan Grafton MBE said ” This campaign brings together young people,
    community leaders and elected politicians asking for Manchester City
    Council to take the lead in bringing in the Living Wage. Manchester is a
    fantastic city and I hope that by bringing in the Living Wage less people
    across the city will be having to struggle to make ends meet”

    Longsight Councillor Luthfur Rahman who is leading the call said “I am
    delighted to be able to support this campaign. Manchester has one of the
    highest levels of child poverty in the country and we should be doing
    everything we can to support low paid families. By introducing the Living
    Wage Manchester City Council will not only be helping to bring families out
    of poverty but also sending a clear message that in these tough times the
    Council is on their side”

    Councillor Rosa Battle who also signed the letter added “I fully support
    the campaign to bring the Living Wage to Manchester. By introducing the
    Living Wage Manchester City Council will hopefully encourage other
    employers in the city to do the same which will be a practical way to
    tackle the unacceptable levels of child poverty in Manchester”

    Sir Gerald Kaufman MP for Gorton said ” The Living Wage has cross party
    support and is advocated by the Leader of the Labour Party Ed Milliband.
    Many Local Authorities including Newcastle and Birmingham have committed to
    paying the Living Wage and its about time Manchester followed suite.”

    The campaign ‘Living Wage 4 Manchester’ is planning a series of events across
    the City to try and get employers to sign up to pay the Living Wage as well
    as raising awareness about the importance of paying a fair wage.