Weaver Vale Housing Trust is making a stand against poverty in the borough by pledging to pay the Local Living Wage.
We have signed up to the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage charter, promising to help make sure staff can earn a decent living.
Wayne Gales, Chief Executive at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “We employ more than 300 people and we are committed to each and every member of staff.
“They are at the heart of our organisation and everyone is dedicated to ensuring that our services continue to meet the needs of our customers. We want to be an employer of choice in the region and we are continually looking at ways of increasing our offer to staff.
“Our staff work incredibly hard and, as an employer, it is only fair that we match their commitment. As a Local Living Wage Employer, we can help to support a comfortable standard of living for our staff and their families.”
Weaver Vale provides 6,000 affordable homes across Cheshire and is a Sunday Times 100 company to work for. As well as providing good quality, affordable homes for rent and shared ownership, the Trust has developed a variety of services to support people in their day to day life, such as helping them live independently and find a route back into work.
The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage rate of £8.45 per hour is calculated to cover the real cost of living.
It is different from the National Living Wage rate of £7.50 per hour for people aged over 25, which is a mandatory rate set by government and formerly known as the minimum wage.
Wayne added: “Paying the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage is voluntary and is a statement that we back west Cheshire and want its people and economy to thrive.
“Our fundamental aim is to help our both our customers and staff improve the quality of their lives.”
The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage campaign was launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Councillor Paul Donovan, Cabinet Member for Democracy and Workforce, said: “We are really pleased that Weaver Vale Housing Trust has signed the charter and joined the campaign to help make sure workers in the borough can earn a decent living.
“Despite Cheshire’s affluent image, almost 20 per cent of the area’s households have an annual income of £15,000 or less.
“Our ambition is to make west Cheshire a Local Living Wage borough where all our residents can thrive.”
For more information about the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage click here