Calls for MK to become first living wage city

Council leader Pete Marland
Council leader Pete Marland

Milton Keynes should become the first city in the UK to ensure all employees earn the living wage, according to council leader Pete Marland.

His call for change comes as it was announced that the new hourly rate will rise to £8.25 per hour, from its current £7.85.

Today MK business leaders will today lead a national celebration of the rate, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

Mr Marland will say today: “It is only right that every worker gets a decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work.

“MK should become the first living wage city.”

He is due to speak at a living wage business breakfast for MK’s accredited living wage employers and others at their offices on Midsummer Boulevard.

At 8.30am on Thursday, KMPG will launch a new living wage employers network and a strategy for increasing the number of accredited living wage employers in MK.

Karen Robson, head of cost management & procurement at Santander, will say: “The wellbeing of our employees, both direct and indirect, is paramount to the success of our organisation, as well as our goal to being a bank that is simple, personal and fair.

“This is why we decided last year to become an accredited living wage employee.”