Council taking the lead on low pay

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New ways to tackle low pay will be discussed at Cabinet next week.

Calderdale Council is taking the lead on low pay and introduced the Living Wage last year - raising the income of more than 250 council workers.

Now, the council is working to encourage other employers to sign up the scheme and will be discussing this at a Cabinet meeting on April 13 at 6pm at the Halifax Town Hall.

The Cabinet will be invited to consider ten recommendations on Monday which have been put forward by the Lower Paid Workers’ Group (LPWG), which was set up by the leaders of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in spring 2014.

Robin Tuddenham, the council’s director of communities and service support, said: “In many ways we’re ahead of the game on tackling low pay, but this is a useful opportunity to review the recommendations within the report, to see if there’s more we can do. We’re investing in the skills, talent and knowledge within the council through our Future Workforce Programme which has opened up new career opportunities to employees at all levels allowing them to progress into new roles.”