There are around 3 500 living wage employers across the UK with 28% of them in Scotland but the Scottish government is clearly not satisfied and has launched an ambitious plan to turn Scotland into a ‘Living Wage Nation. Here’s the link to my earlier report:
Working with the Poverty Alliance, the Scottish Government has put in place a plan to boost the income of those on low pay over the next three years. The plan includes the following:
- At least 25,000 more people over the next three years to benefit from their employer becoming Living Wage accredited
- Launch a regionally-focussed accreditation scheme to create the UK’s first Living Wage towns, cities and regions
- Increase the proportion of accredited organisations in low-paid sectors, such as hospitality and tourism
Once more, we see an SNP-led administration with a vision for a better society and the will to take action on it. The contrast with the ailing Labour Party in Scotland’s lack of any sense of purpose and the callous disregard of the Tory Government in Westminster, could not be sharper. The idea of living wage towns, cities and regions is one which has huge potential to transform communities into places that are more cohesive, that take pride in their achievements and which ultimately will become more creative and more productive as all their citizens come to believe in a shared project.