EAST Renfrewshire Council has become the latest local authority to become a Living Wage employer. 

The council has agreed to pay workers a minimum of £9.50, rate of the national living wage from April 2021. 

Staff will also receive backpay from April 2021 to reflect this increase.

East Renfrewshire Council has now been accredited by Living Wage UK for their efforts.

Council leader, Councillor Tony Buchanan, said: “We are delighted to become an accredited Living Wage employer and this milestone represents the latest step in our journey to creating a fairer future for all in East Renfrewshire.

"We are firmly committed to tackling poverty and inequalities across the area.

This accreditation not only ensures we have fair work policies in place for our own staff, we are also now in a better position, through this accreditation, to promote the Living Wage beyond the council to our many local partners, employers and through our supply chain.”

Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland interim manager said: “Congratulations to East Renfrewshire Council on becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer.

"Local authorities are not only large employers with significant spending power, but also have an important leadership role in the growth of the Living Wage employer movement."