At this GM Funders Forum briefing, the Greater Manchester VCSE taskforce will provide an overview of the Living Wage campaign and lead a discussion on how members of the GM Funder Forums can support the campaign and whether they account for and monitor payment of the real Living Wage within contracts. We will consider:
What are the challenges of the organisations you fund paying real living wage? and
How can funders create an environment where the real living wage is the norm for funding bids?
About the Living Wage campaign
At the latest Living Wage Week in November 2020, Mayor Andy Burnham announced the ambition to make Greater Manchester the first Living Wage City-Region in the UK in which residents are paid at least the independently calculated real Living Wage, currently £9.50 an hour across the UK. This ambition is informed by the Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission report ‘The Next Level: Good lives for all in Greater Manchester” which set the goal for all employees to be paid the real Living Wage across the region by 2030 as a key lever by which to reduce inequality.
Over the past year, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, have worked collaboratively with trade unions, local authorities, private sector businesses, educational bodies, and voluntary and community organisations who are committed to furthering the cause of good employment within their sectors to develop an action plan for raising awareness of the real Living Wage and its benefits, encouraging employers across the region to improve remuneration for the lowest paid workers.
The campaign to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage City-Region will initially last from 2021 to 2024, split into seven focus areas, of which one is the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
The GM Funders Forum exists to enable independent grant makers, social investors and public sector funders to collaborate and coordinate programmes. These regular briefing sessions are a chance for members and other funders to hear more about topics relevant to them.
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