Real Living Wage Change improvement from the Council

Published22nd September 2022

As a Real Living Wage employer, for almost eight years, Ipswich Borough Council is committed to ensuring that no employee receives less than the Living Wage Foundation’s “Real Living Wage” for their work.

We know that the cost of living crisis is impacting on our workforce and so we will be bringing forward the adoption of the new Real Living Wage to 1st October 2022. This means that employees who are currently on less than the new Real Living Wage rate of £10.90 per hour will receive an increase in their pay from their October 2022 pay date. 

Ipswich Borough Council hasn’t previously had to increase our pay scales as we have been above the Real Living Wage rate. However, given the current challenges people are facing we were keen to act upon the early announcement made today by the Living Wage Foundation and implement the Real Living Wage outside London to £10.90 per hour. In previous years, the Living Wage Foundation have announced the new Real Living Wage rate in November.

Councillor Martin Cook, Resources Portfolio Holder, says:

“The Living Wage Foundation is supported by a wide range of organisations, and Ipswich Borough Council are proud to be part of the movement. Given the Cost of Living Crisis it is right that we make this change now rather than waiting to next April to ensure all our employees are being paid the Real Living Wage from next month.”

More information about the Real Living Wage can be found here