The School Bank West Lothian has become accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working with us receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 in the UK. It is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Kirstin Shemilt (Chair, The School Bank West Lothian) said “Paying our staff the Living Wage is a very important part of The School Bank ethos and values. We greatly appreciate our employees, and a fair wage reflects the great work they do for the charity – without our fantastic staff The School Bank would be unable to thrive”.

Collette Moran (Project Manager, The School Bank West Lothian) said “We believe paying our staff the Living Wage is the right thing to do as it will have a positive impact on staff. We felt it was important to make a public commitment by becoming a Living Wage Employer – paying a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work”.

Courtney Hepburn (Project Worker, The School Bank West Lothian) said “The higher rate of pay allows me to save some extra pennies every month for a future holiday or rainy day while still being able to afford my essentials!”

Katherine Chapman, Director (Living Wage Foundation) said: “We’re delighted that The School Bank West Lothian has joined the movement of almost 9,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.”