A WEARSIDE youth project has pledged to pay workers the Living Wage.
Staff at the Youth Almighty Project, based in Silksworth Community Centre, Sunderland, will now be paid £7.65 per hour – higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living, using the “minimum income standard” for the UK, which is based on decisions made by the public about what it takes to make ends meet.
Coun Phil Tye, chairman of the project, said: “It was vitally important, due to the work that we do, to demonstrate not only to our staff, but for the people that use our services, that we respect our employees and recognise that the Living Wage is important.”
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
Living Wage Foundation director Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome the Youth Almighty Project to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. The best employers are voluntary signing up to pay the Living Wage now.
“It is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay. We have accredited more than 700 leading employers, ranging from independent businesses to well-known companies.”
The project works with young people aged between eight and 19.