Tuesday, 6 November 2018

New Living Wage rate

The new rate for the Living Wage has been announced. It is £9 per hour outside London, and the rate in the capital is now £10.55. 

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. 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Living Wage Week

To celebrate Living Wage Week there is a display in the tourist information centre window from 2nd to 9th November. Lewes for a Living Wage is proud that around 30 employers in the Lewes area have now signed up or become accredited to pay the real Living Wage. This is currently £8.75 per hour and based on research on what people really need to live. A new rate will be announced on 5th November, and the week runs until 10th. Look out for the new rate in our window, see the list of employers and learn more about why the Living Wage is needed in Lewes.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Societies Fair

We were at Societies Fair on 1st September in the Town Hall and we are planning a display in the Tourist Information Centre window for Living Wage Week at the beginning of November. Our new display poster will be on show on the Lewes Pound stall at Lewes Farmers' Market this Saturday and on the first Saturday of every month.

In the last few months two new businesses in this area have become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation. They are Gossypium, who make organic cotton yoga wear, and The Green Man’s Garden who do garden design and maintenance with ecology in mind. Both are based in Newhaven.

Five jewellers in Lewes are now signed up and/or accredited to pay the Living Wage. They are:

Thursday, 26 April 2018

David Smith Jewellery signs up

David Smith Jewellery Ltd has signed up to the Brighton Living Wage scheme. We are delighted to welcome another jewellery business to the Living Wage list in Lewes.

How much is enough? Making work pay

U3A free public lecture Tuesday 1st May 2.30pm
Lewes Town Hall Council Chamber 
What do we define as an acceptable standard of living? How can we balance the responsibilities of employers and  taxpayers for helping to provide a liveable income for the lowest paid?  

Professor Donald Hirsch discussed his research on these questions which concern us all in Lewes.

Professor Hirsch is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, whose research forms the basis for the real Living Wage adopted by the Living Wage Foundation. In previous roles he was a journalist, an international policy consultant and Poverty Advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Contact leweslivingwage@gmail.com or ring 01273 470940

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Silverado videos

Two short videos about local jeweller Silverado, found on the Living Wage Foundation website: one from a young employee https://vimeo.com/143917619
and the second from the founder https://vimeo.com/143917268

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Lewes Divide: what you can do

Following our successful event at the Depot in November 2017, we know that people want to take action. Here's the what you can do section from our leaflet on poverty:

  • Get aware – take time to find out more about these issues and spend time with those who are affected.
  • Support – foodbanks (direct, via church or supermarket) volunteer, give supplies/money
  • Campaign: talk to employers and others you know, using the LLW leaflets.
  • If you are a Living Wage employer, sign up to make this public and help promote to other employers
  • Help LLW with publicity – many people are unaware of the real Living Wage.
  • Raise awareness of poverty in Lewes with councillors and your MP.
East Sussex Credit Union: eastsussexcu.org.uk 0300 303 3188
Citizen’s Advice: 0344 4111444
Landport Food Bank: debbietwitchen[at]gmail.com
Malling Food Bank: john.lamb[at]abilitymagazine.org.uk
Fitzjohn’s Food Bank: helen.chiasson[at]btinternet.com
241 for foodbanks and Lewes Community Cafe: facebook.com/241forFoodBanks
Homelink lewesdistrictchurcheshomelink.org.uk
Tenants of Lewes District told[at]hotmail.co.uk
Lewes for a Living Wage: leweslivingwage.blogspot.co.uk, 01273 470940

National campaigning: endhungeruk.org

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