Greater Manchester will set a goal of becoming the first city region to pay all employees a real living wage, under ambitious plans announced by Mayor Andy Burnham.
Following on from the measures unveiled earlier this week to accelerate delivery of a world-class integrated transport network, the Mayor has outlined the first step in his vision for Greater Manchester.
The real living wage, calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, currently stands at £9.50 and is the only UK wage rate based on the cost of living. A new Living Wage City-Region action group has been established in the first week of the new Mayoral term, with the Mayor working in collaboration with businesses, unions, local authorities, faith groups and voluntary and charitable organisations to drive forward plans for the city region.
The group held its first meeting on Wednesday 12 May, and will now work to outline a clear path towards the goal of all employers in the city-region paying the living wage and offering living hours by the end of the decade, as recommended by the Independent Inequalities Commission in its report published earlier this year.
It will be chaired by Lou Cordwell, Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP).
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