Calderdale Council is one of more than 100 local authorities now committed to paying their workers the so-called living wage, which is over £1 an hour more than the statutory minimum, according to new figures.
The GMB union said 82 authorities in England and Wales and all 32 councils in Scotland were signed up to the living wage of £7.45 an hour, and £8.55 in London, compared with the national minimum wage of £6.19.
GMB officer Brian Strutton told the union’s annual conference in Plymouth: “That is real progress. Tens of thousands of council workers are getting paid more fairly and are less reliant on benefits.
“I am pleased to say that this is one policy area in which Labour and the GMB stand shoulder to shoulder.
“That will give it a massive extra boost, which we need not just to crack open all the other councils but to take it all the way out into every job in every sector in every part of the UK.”