At the penultimate full council meeting before the elections on 7th May, Waveney Labour secured an historic amendment to the Conservative budget for 2015/16, which means that all existing Waveney district council employees will now be paid at least the Living Wage.
The amount needed to fund this pay increase, approximately £20,000, is to be taken from the £100,000 already allocated into the budget for senior pay.
The Labour Amendment proposed by Cllr Gareth Douce and seconded by Cllr Jacki Wheatley was passed by a majority of councillors as follows: 19 For, 14 Against and 11 Abstentions.
J Bamonde, S Barker, A Brown, M Cherry, Y Cherry, P Coghill, J Craig, G Douce, G Elliott, I Graham, L Jacklin, K Jenkins, K Patience, M Pitchers, T Sullivan, J Swainson, N Webb, S Webb and J Wheatley
M Barnard, M Bee, N Brooks, G Catchpole, D Coulam, T Goldson, M Ladd, C Law, M Parsons, B Provan, D Ritchie, M Rudd, L Smith and S Woods
S Allen, S Ardley, P Ashdown, A Cackett, P Collecott, K Grant, J Groom, P Light, F Mortimer, C Punt and K Springall
Leader of Waveney Labour cllrs, Sonia Barker said:
"I am very proud that Labour Councillors have now secured the Living Wage for all the employees at Waveney District Council.
"The current UK Living wage is £7.85 an hour, it is set independently and updated annually and is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK."
The Living Wage enjoys cross party support with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. Waveney Labour have long campaigned for a Living Wage, and are pleased to have been able to deliver upon their commitment. For more information on the Living Wage go to livingwage.org.uk.