Church bosses have added their support to the efforts to make Milton Keynes a Living Wage City.
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, hosted recently a Living Wage Lunch for the city’s clergy at Christ the Cornerstone Church, when he spoke about the injustice of low pay and encouraged church leaders to discuss pay inequality with their parishioners.
James Kelly, a young worker with recent experience of low pay, told the audience how it had a negative effect on his self‐esteem.
The event was organised by Citizens:mk, the alliance of MK community organisations which runs MK’s Living Wage campaign. The Living Wage is currently set at £7.85 per hour outside London. In Milton Keynes more than 15,000 workers earn less than that rate.
The Bishop of Buckingham plans to host a similar event for leaders of different faiths during national Living Wage Week in November.
He said: “We want to help 20 MK churches and other faith institutions to walk through the process of accreditation to become Living Wage employers.
“This is our call to action.”