The Living Wage campaign began in East London in 2001 when parents found that despite working multiple minimum wage jobs, they were struggling to make ends meet. They decided it was time to fight for a wage they could live off, instead of just survive.
Since then, the campaign has won the accreditation of over 1,600 employers. This adds up to over £210 million in extra pay and over 40,000 people lifted off the poverty line.
But there is lots more to be won: foodbank use topped 1 million for the first time this year and inequality remains entrenched across our economy.
You are invited to a local Living Wage campaign event on
Wednesday 4th November
10am to 12.15pm
Evermore HUB Community Centre,
The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the Living Wage in West Lancashire, to celebrate successes, and to formulate ways forward, such as identifying levels of pay in West Lancs.
There has never been a more crucial moment to strengthen the movement for Living Wages: the Chancellor’s new minimum wage premium for over 25s (‘national living wage’) has created potential confusion between the rates.
It’s essential that we protect the idea and purpose of a real Living Wage, pinned to the cost of living and calculated independently.
For more information on the Living Wage Campaign, go to: www.livingwage.org.uk
One West Lancs held its second Forum & West Lancashire Showcase on 13th May 2015 at Edge Hill University. The theme of the event was ‘Tackling Poverty and Inequality by creating opportunities for all’ and 126 people from 60 organisations across the public, private and voluntary sector attended.
The presentations, displays and films included:
- Professor John Diamond, Director of Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University (I4P) – on the challenge faced by all sectors working to reduce inequalities
- Hugh Evans, Deputy Chief Executive, North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce – on the West Lancs Economy
- Karen Thompson, Consultant in Public Health, Lancashire County Council, on behalf of West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – Health Inequalities in West Lancs
To read their presentations, go to: www.onewestlancs.org/forum.html
A number of community groups gave ‘Shout Outs’ on their work at the Forum event and these are outlined in the June edition of the One West Lancs newsletter: www.onewestlancs.org/forum.html
The spring 2015 Health Network Event held at Edge Hill University on Wednesday 18 February 2015 focused on ‘People & Communities: Our Local Role & Values’ and covered several issues including inclusion for equality, dignity in health & care and local participation & influence in decision making. Over 85 people attended the event from 46 different organisations including both public and the voluntary, community and faith sectors.
Please click here to read the report
There were several presentations at the event – please click the names below to read them in full: