Search

Dartford council becomes Living Wage employer

PUBLISHED: 11:12 14 December 2012

Dartford will become one of the first local authorities in Kent to commit to a Living Wage deal for its employees.

In the 2013 budget a minimum pay level of £7.45 per hour will be introduced for council staff.

Council leader Jeremy Kite said he agreed to the deal once he was certain it would not necessitate a Council Tax increase.

“The number one priority for us is always to deliver common-sense services on a low Council Tax and I would allow nothing to put that at risk,” he said.

“I am proud to say that over the years we have already transformed Dartford Council into a fair employer and that relatively few of our colleagues are currently paid at minimum wage. Even so, the step-up to become a Living Wage employer sends out a hugely important message.”

Meanwhile at the weekend the Dartford Labour Party will be holding an event in the High Street to encourage all local employers to adopt the nationally-recognised Living Wage rate which has been calculated as the minimum needed (outside of London) to enable working people to provide adequately for themselves and their families


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Gravesend Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Gravesend Reporter