Ipswich Borough Council has welcomed the announcement by the Living Wage Foundation that the Real Living Wage will increase to £9.50 an hour and confirmed that all directly employed staff are already earning more than the current Living Wage.
The Council has also announced that its commercial arm Ipserv Ltd, which provides a range of facilities management services across Ipswich and beyond, is also now accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.
Ipswich Borough Council was the first local authority in Suffolk to be accredited as a Living Wage employer in 2014.
Councillor Sophie Meudec, Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: "We are proud that both Ipswich Borough Council and IPSERV are accredited Living Wage employers. This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that both the Council and Ipserv’s employees are paid a real living wage – we know this helps with recruitment and retention as well as productivity. We also insist our contractors pay the Living Wage Foundation rate when delivering services to us. Being a Living Wage employer is undoubtedly a good thing for the employees, the town and the local economy – we recommend all employers to do the same”.