Woughton Community Council has been accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Woughton Community Council, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.65. This is higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the basic cost of living and with decisions about what to include in this set by the public.
Councillor Kevin Wilson, leader of Woughton Community Council, said: “Woughton Community Council are proud to become the first local authority in Milton Keynes to become a Living Wage Employer, though we are sure Milton Keynes Council and other parish and town councils will soon follow our lead.
“There can be no justification in paying wages so low that they are impossible to live on, and simply force employees to rely on benefits. Paying a decent wage to employees is just a sensible thing to do.
“We will also be ensuring that any contractors we engage are also committed to the same policy.”