Milton Keynes Community Foundation joins Living Wage Friendly Funder Scheme
Milton Keynes Community Foundation has joined the Living Wage Foundation’s new scheme for charity funders.
As part of this commitment, MK Community Foundation will support successful charity applicants to pay the Living Wage to any staff posts funded by the grant. Living Wage Friendly Funders are also Living Wage Employers and where possible, encourage grantees to become accredited employers.
Although thousands of charities and funders have already embraced the real Living Wage across the UK, low pay remains a significant challenge across the sector. The Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme has been funded by People’s Health Trust and developed in collaboration with a range of funders including Trust for London, Barrow Cadbury, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief.
About the Living Wage
The minimum wage for those aged 25 and over in the UK is currently £7.50 an hour in the UK. The Living Wage, a voluntary rate which is calculated in accordance to the basic costs of living is considerably higher at £8.45 in the UK; and £9.75 in London.
Helping lift local families out of poverty
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We are delighted to recognise MK Community Foundation as a Living Wage Friendly Funder. The leadership shown demonstrates a commitment to tackling the serious problems that low pay brings to our communities.
“Many organisations in the voluntary and community sectors are working hard to tackle social injustice and poverty; it’s only right that those committed to these roles are afforded at least a Living Wage. We hope to see many more funders and corporates follow the lead of MK Community Foundation and the other Living Wage Friendly Funders.”
Bart Gamber, Director of Programmes at MK Community Foundation commented: “So much of the poverty and financial hardship reported in our community through our Vital Signs MK publication is a result, at least in part, of low wages not keeping up with the cost of living. It’s for this reason that the Community Foundation is proud to promote and support the Living Wage campaign and to assist organisations in our local community and voluntary sector to transition their paid workers onto a Living Wage. As a Living Wage Funder, we will be helping local groups and organisations to make that change and to help lift local families out of poverty.”
UK Community Foundations supports the Living Wage
Milton Keynes Community Foundation is not the only Community Foundation to be a Living Wage Employer. More recently, Community Foundation for Staffordshire became a Living Wage Employer – joining The London Community Foundation, Leeds Community Foundation, and UK Community Foundations.