The real Living Wage has increased to £9.30 per hour outside London. It's now £10.75 in London. The rate applies to people over 18, unlike the government minimum, which is for those over 25.
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.