Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Living Wage group launches film

Lewes for a Living Wage is proud to launch a short film using interviews with local employers, workers and residents to explore the high cost of living in Lewes and the potential benefits for everyone of becoming a Living Wage Town. 

It puts the case for paying the Living Wage and for aiming to increase the number of strong ethical employers who keep their staff and value everyone.

View the film here  and send it to everyone you know!

The film was produced by Oliver Hollander and Linda Lamont with support from South Downs College. Thanks also to the many people who contributed interviews and helped with filming.

Friday, 11 November 2016


Lewes for a Living Wage invites you to a lunchtime event on the benefits of the Living Wage for employers, employees and the wider community, of the Living Wage in Lewes.

Friday 2nd December 2016; 12.30 to 1.30pm

Yarrow Room, Lewes Town Hall

Finger buffet and drinks

Free – donations welcome

Andrew Bird of Silverado and Jonathan Spencer of the Bevern Trust will describe the benefits of paying the Living Wage.

Ferrie van Echtelt of local Lewes business 'Making Ventures Work' will share a few thoughts on how concerns and hurdles to adopting the Living Wage can be overcome.
The Living Wage is set by the Living Wage Foundation and is based on what people need to live. It is now £8.45 per hour outside London.

RSVP by Monday 21st November:

Linda Lamont 01273 470940

Ann Link 01273 477870

Monday, 31 October 2016

Wilson Wilson & Hancock, opticians in Cliffe Precinct, have signed up to Living Wage Brighton and Hove

Living Wage Week 2016

As part of Living Wage Week 2016 activities, the new UK and London Living Wage rates for 2016/2017 were announced this morning. The new UK rate is an increase of 20 pence to £8.45 per hour. Current Living Wage employers have until 1st April 2017 to implement this new rate. For more information see

Lewes will celebrate the Week a little later, with a lunch for employers on 2nd December in the Town Hall. Watch this space for more details.

Friday, 5 August 2016

The Lewes branch of Home Instead Senior Care has signed up to Brighton and Hove Living Wage. Alison Scutt who runs the service said: "I believe that our CAREGivers provide a valuable service to our clients and should be recognised and respected for the important role that they have in delivering high quality care."

Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Living Wage group needs your help!

We are planning to visit lots of local businesses before the end of July to talk about the real Living Wage (£8.25 outside London) and help them sign up to it. Many employers already pay the LW and if they sign up it will encourage others to think about it, and begin to make a real difference to pay rates locally.
Come to a short briefing meeting in central Lewes on Tuesday 5th July at 7.30pm. Ring Linda Lamont on 01273 470940 or email Ann Link

The briefing will identify a list of businesses, especially on the High Street, that we think may already be sympathetic to the ideas. There will be a broad "script" to help volunteers introduce themselves. Also we will be able to offer some information on union membership to employees if appropriate. Asking businesses to sign up might also lead to us offering help in registering them on the website.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

W E Clark signs up

WE Clark have become accredited to the Living Wage Foundation

David Clark, managing director of the jewellery firm, said: “It was when I attended the Lewes Living Wage meeting in Lewes, as president of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce that our own Living Wage Accreditation occurred to me.
“I feel, that as an employer, I have a responsibility to ensure my employees receive a fair wage – one that they are able to live on.”

Katherine Chapman, director at the Living Wage Foundation, said the association is “delighted” to welcome W.E Clark & Son as an accredited employer.

She added: “The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”

Friday, 1 April 2016

What is Work Worth?

 Around 20 local employers and employees took part in a round table discussion on 16th March about the Living Wage. It was attended by Emma Kosmin of the Living WageFoundation and David Clark, President of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, and chaired by Sir Richard Jolly. Following the meeting, the Chamber of Commerce has offered its support, and some more businesses are in the process of applying to be accredited as Living Wage employers.

It is important to distinguish between the national living wage announced by the government, which is £7.20 per hour from April 1st, for over 25s, and the Living Wage calculated for the Living Wage Foundation, which is £8.25 outside London and applies to all employees over 18. This is based on a more realistic estimation of what people have to earn to sustain life for themselves and their families in a civilised society. 

Sussex Community NHS Trust, which covers most of Sussex including the Lewes area, became accredited to the Living Wage Foundation in 2013 and employs 4,800 staff. Cleaners are included in their staff list, not contracted out. The trust's decision to become a Living Wage employer was welcomed by its workforce. A local residential home for adults with severe disabilities pays the Living Wage – this is consistent with their caring ethos: the home is like a family. This is more possible because it is a charity, with no paid, profit-taking directors. 

There may be signs of a change in mindset among employers: an employee of a local larger business, part of a chain, said that they were now paid a small percentage over the minimum wage and this has shown in less staff turnover, better morale and working atmosphere: 'exploitation does not work'.

David Clark, President of Lewes Chamber of Commerce, offered to help publicise the Living Wage via their newsletter. He has since applied for accreditation for his family jewellery business via the Living Wage Foundation.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Ovesco, the community energy company that put the solar panels on Harvey's Brewery Depot, has signed up on the Living Wage Brighton and Hove website