Lewes for a Living Wage supporters celebrated Living Wage Week in style at the Town Hall on 2nd November. The Living Wage Foundation sent us banners and bunting which we put up around the building. The new Living Wage rate is £8.25 outside London and £9.40 in the capital.
Jonathan Spencer, CEO of the Bevern Trust, a care home in Barcombe already signed up to the UK-wide scheme, talked about how employees feel more valued
for the demanding work they do. The Lewes manager of Barclays Bank, members of the same scheme, said all employees and apprentices get this rate as a minimum, including contracted people such as cleaners.
The Mayor, Susan Murray, welcomed everyone, and we had contributions from Pauline Grant, a former vice-president of Unison; Debbie Twitchen of Landport Food Bank, Andrew Bird from Silverado, and Adam Wolecki from Lewes FC. Also attending were Sharon Kaye from Sun Rose Care, Chris Rowland from Ovesco and Felicity Carter from Felicity’s
Childminding, and councillors Ruth O'Keeffe, Stephen Catlin, Fraser Addecott and Tony Rowell. Councillor Imogen Makepeace is part of the group organising the event. We showed a slide projection of all the Living Wage employers in the area.
We now have stickers for Lewes businesses that have signed up to the Living Wage Foundation or Living Wage Brighton and Hove.
We are also grateful to our volunteer professional photographer Cammie Toloui.