- Lankelly Chase is leading the way by joining the Living Wage Foundation’s new scheme for charity funders.
- The scheme recognises funders that commit to supporting charities by funding posts at the Living Wage or above.
Lankelly Chase has received recognition as a Living Wage Friendly Funder in the UK from the Living Wage Foundation, joining the likes of Comic Relief, Lloyds Bank Foundation and the Nationwide Foundation.
As part of their commitment to being a Living Wage Friendly Funder, Lankelly Chase supports successful applicant charities to pay the Living Wage to any grant-funded staff posts.
Living Wage Friendly Funders themselves are Living Wage Employers and then, where possible, encourage grantees to become accredited employers over time.
Living Wage Friendly Funders work together to end low pay in the Voluntary and Community sector.
Thousands of charities and funders have already embraced the Living Wage across the UK, but low pay remains a real 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 the People’s Health Trust, Trust for London, Barrow Cadbury, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief.
The Minimum Wage in the UK is currently £7.20 an hour in the UK, but the UK Living Wage, which is set independently and calculated in accordance to the basic cost of living in the UK, is considerably higher at £8.45, rising to £9.75 in London.
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:
“We are delighted to recognise Lankelly Chase as a Living Wage Friendly Funder. The leadership shown by Lankelly Chase 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 Lankelly Chase and the other Living Wage Friendly Funders.
At a time when half of those in poverty live in a household where someone has a job, the Living Wage is much needed by families across the UK. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”
Julian Corner, CEO, Lankelly Chase said:
“We are proud to sign up as a Living Wage Friendly Funder and help ensure charity workers can earn a real Living Wage.
This scheme is all about collaboration. We are delighted to add our support to this important initiative and to be working with a diverse group of funders to combat voluntary sector low pay.”
John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said:
“People’s Health Trust is pleased to welcome Lankelly Chase as the latest charitable funder to join the Living Wage Friendly Funder network. By becoming part of this rapidly growing scheme, they have demonstrated their commitment, as a funder, to working towards ending low pay in the Voluntary and Community sector.
“We want to see the Living Wage become the norm, and believe that funding organisations can lead the way in making this happen within the Voluntary Sector.”