We have reluctantly decided that the time has come to wind up our campaigning organisation. Our activity has been limited for some time, as our Core Group are focusing on a range of other pressing political issues, and the wider situation has evolved over the years since we set up in 2014.
Wednesday 29 November 2023
Tuesday 16 February 2021
In November 2020 the new real Living Wage increased by 20p to £9.50 per hour outside London (see https://livingwage.org.uk/). Unlike the government minimum of age 25, this rate applies to people aged 18 and over.
More than 30 Lewes employers have signed up to pay the Living Wage rate (click on the 'Signed up' tab for a list); a welcome new local entrant is Richard Green Funeral Service https://rgreenfs.co.uk).
In these unprecedented times, support for a real Living Wage is more meaningful than ever, and we send our best wishes to all of you and thanks for your support.
Friday 28 February 2020
‘The findings of the recent Marmot review throw into stark relief the health inequalities caused by austerity. It links choices made in our economic, social and political system to negative and avoidable health outcomes.
That is why we need your help to call on the Government to put health and wellbeing at the centre of the upcoming budget, and turn this historic decline in life expectancy and health.
The findings of the report are shocking, things have gotten worse. There is a 12 year difference in the life expectancy between those who reside in the most deprived regions compared to those who live in our wealthiest places. There has been a noted increase in the avoidable deaths between 2010 and 2017. Overall the findings clearly show the burden of inequalities in our society falls the hardest on women, children, disabled people and ethnic minorities.
You can read the full report here: https://civi.medact.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=3522&qid=490181
We need your help to call on the Government to intervene in a systematic and sustained way. We want you to ask the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to make the upcoming Government Budget one that transforms people’s health and wellbeing.
Sign the petition and spread the word: https://www.medact.org/2020/actions/sign-ons/marmot-2020-health-workers-call-for-a-health-and-wellbeing-budget/
In the lead up to Budget Day, we need to show that health workers are coming together to call on the Government to put health and wellbeing at the centre of this budget, and turn around this historic decline in life expectancy and health.
You can help us further by sharing this petition with 5 of your friends. Also, you can get in touch with us if you would like a paper copy of this petition to take around your workplace: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all that you do,
Economic Justice Campaigner
Tuesday 25 February 2020
Monday 11 November 2019
In the Lewes area over 30 employers are signed up to pay this rate, with a wide range from solicitors to jewellers to charities. There are three organisations on the list who provide care for people in their own homes: Home Instead Senior Care, Sun Rose Care and Southover Community Care.
We are in Living Wage Week, and on Saturday 16th, screenings of Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach's new film about the gig economy will start at Depot and members of Lewes Living Wage will be there to provide information. Employers who pay the real Living Wage are helping to counter low paid and insecure work, which leaves many families below the poverty line in Lewes as elsewhere. Many of the people who have to use three Lewes food banks are in paid work.
Tuesday 4 June 2019
Tuesday 6 November 2018
The real Living Wage is calculated annually by researchers at Loughborough University and based on what people really need to live. The rate applies to all employees over 18, whereas the current government minimum) which increases in April 2019) is £7.83 for those over 25, £5.90 for ages 18-20 and £7.38 for ages 21-24.
Lewes for a Living Wage works with the Living Wage Foundation and with the local Living Wage Brighton and Hove campaign.