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Commission calls for living wage in Brighton and Hove
The Chamber of Commerce has backed calls for a city-wide “living wage”.
The Living Wage Commission, chaired by President of Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce Julia Chanteray, has recommended that Brighton and Hove adopt £7.20 as a minimum living wage for the city’s workers.
The commission said a campaign will be launched to raise awareness and promote the benefits of a living wage for businesses, including providing practical business support, developing a local ‘kitemark’ scheme and linking in with the national living wage campaign and the accreditation scheme. The campaign will include support and further work with retail, hospitality and tourism sectors.
Julia Chanteray said: “I’m happy that the Commission has recommended that Brighton and Hove adopts a voluntary Living Wage of £7.20 per hour – I think this will be good for business, the economy and the city as a whole. But the Commission’s work is just the first part of this and we need to make sure that everyone understands why paying staff at least £7.20 per hour can lead to increased productivity, staff retention and better customer service. Chamber members showed decisively at the Big Debate that they were in favour of a voluntary Living Wage for the city, and I’m looking forward to seeing this become a reality in Brighton and Hove.”
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