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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

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