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Council's lowest-paid staff get another wage rise

31 January 2018

Councillor Allen Brett.

Rochdale Borough Council has increased its local living wage for the fifth time – ensuring that hundreds of its lowest-paid workers get another pay rise.

The new rate of £8.75 an hour will keep the council’s living wage at the same rate as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s recommended living wage.

It is the fifth pay rise for the council’s lowest-paid workers since the local living wage rate was first introduced in 2013 to ensure cleaners, support staff and other workers receive a decent level of pay.

The rate is above the government’s National Living wage rate, which is set to increase from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour in 2018.

The latest increase was agreed by the council’s cabinet committee when it met on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. It comes after the council agreed in December 2017 to guarantee that some council jobs would be advertised only to residents living in the borough. Under the scheme all jobs on the council’s three lowest pay grades are now only open to residents who pay their council tax to Rochdale Borough Council.

Councillor Allen Brett, the leader of the council and cabinet member for resources, said: “We are proud of the fact that we created our own local living wage and that it is being kept in-line with the recommendations made by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It ensures that the people who help keep our borough running receive a decent level of pay for the valuable work they do for our communities.”