What is the Living Wage? It’s an hourly rate calculated annually according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Outside London it is now (November 2018) £9 per hour for employees over 18. It's distinct from the government's national living wage – this is £7.83 and applies only to those over 25.
Who decides? The Living Wage is calculated annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University for the Living Wage Foundation. Thousands of companies and organisations all over the UK have now signed up to pay the Living Wage, and it has all-party support. In the Lewes area around 30 have signed up and there are probably more paying it already.
The Living Wage Foundation works with and accredits employers who are awarded the badge to display in store or on line. Accreditation means that all their in-house and contract staff are paid the real Living Wage. The Foundation has a sliding fee scale depending on the size of the business. In the Lewes area, Baltica, the Bevern Trust, W E Clark, Gossypium, Silverado, St Anne's Dental Practice, Sussex Community Healthcare Trust and The Green Man's Garden have full accreditation, as do Barclays, HSBC and Nationwide. See livingwage.org.uk