To mark National Living Wage Week, the council, which has been a Living Wage employer for its own staff since 2013, is celebrating the progress that has been made across the country in ensuring fairness and equality.

The award reflects Sheffield City Council’s significant progress towards achieving the real Living Wage across contracts.

The real Living Wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by UK employers who believe a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

The council’s commitment to the Living Wage Foundation‘s principles is now embedded in its Ethical Procurement Policy which was implemented earlier this year. The policy focuses on three key practices of social value tests, Ethical Code of Conduct for suppliers and new, revised tender processes.

The Living Wage is calculated independently of government to reflect the basic cost of living and is based on the principle that work should pay enough to provide for the essentials of life. It is a higher rate and more reflective of the real cost of living than the government’s minimum wage, which was relabelled the Living Wage in 2015.

Protecting our lowest paid workers continues to be very important to us.

Councillor Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council said:

We are delighted that our work on Living Wage has been recognised. Sheffield Council has paid the Living Wage for its own staff for some years. Despite significant government funding cuts, this award shows that the Living Wage Foundation recognises that we have made significant positive steps towards full compliance in our supply chain

“The Living Wage is a part of our wider Ethical Procurement Policy, which aims to use our spending power to encourage social value and local economic impact in our supply chain. We are intending to work with other public sector institutions across Sheffield to further promote Ethical Procurement and Foundation Living Wage.

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

We’re delighted to welcome Sheffield City Council to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. We know that when major employers like councils commit to paying the real Living Wage thousands of people get a pay rise, but other local employers also follow their lead. This is how we build true Living Wage places.