Allia, a local independent not-for-profit organisation, is the latest Cambridge employer to become Living Wage accredited through the Living Wage Foundation.
Cambridge City Council assisted Allia in making its application for accreditation, which is based on a commitment to pay all of their staff at least the Living Wage of £8.45 per hour.
Allia works to amplify social impact by helping organisations and initiatives to grow. Its Future Business Centres in Cambridge, Peterborough and East London are home to impact entrepreneurs.
Its Serious Impact programmes help hundreds of ventures to start up and its social finance and investment initiatives connect charities and other organisations with ethical investors to raise capital and deliver greater impact.
Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “I am delighted that Allia has chosen to become a Living Wage accredited employer. Allia has joined a movement of 52 other local employers that have become accredited to demonstrate their commitment to fair pay.
“Allia is a very important local not-for-profit encouraging and supporting individuals and organisations to create social benefit. Their Living Wage accreditation will help them to create even more positive social impact around tackling in-work poverty both as an employer themselves and as an example to other organisations.”
Tim Jones, Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of Allia, said: “Allia’s purpose is to amplify social impact, supporting organisations and initiatives creating positive impact to start, grow and scale.
“Our values encourage people to play a full role in their families and communities and we believe that meaningful work, and a life free from the stress of poverty, is essential to societal wellbeing.
“We pay the Living Wage in all of the locations in which we operate including Cambridge and London where living costs are very high and I am delighted we have gained accreditation as a Living Wage employer.”
Allia recently hosted a workshop on the Living Wage run by the council and aimed at social enterprises in the city. The workshop, which was held last month, helped to explain how Living Wage accreditation benefits businesses and their low-income employees.
Questions about how interested organisations could become accredited were answered by the council, the Living Wage Foundation, and a local accredited employer, Cambridge Organic Food Company.
Accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation demonstrates an employer’s commitment to fair pay, as the Living Wage UK rate is calculated to reflect the real costs of living.
More than 3,200 companies and organisations have been officially accredited as Living Wage employers in the UK by the Living Wage Foundation, including more than 50 in Cambridge.
The council was awarded Living Wage accreditation in 2014. It now works with other employers to show them the benefits of paying the Living Wage and to support them in becoming accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. This work is a key part of the council’s Anti-Poverty Strategy.
In order to become Living Wage accredited, employers must, as a minimum, pay the Living Wage to their directly employed staff. Employers must also work with the Living Wage Foundation in order to put plans in place to ensure that contracted staff who work regularly on their premises get paid the Living Wage.
Cambridge employers wishing to find out about becoming accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as Living Wage employers can find out more at www.cambridge.gov.uk/living-wage or by contacting the council on email@example.com.