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Northumbria Police shortlisted for living wage award

29th September 2016

Northumbria Police has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2016.

The awards recognise Living Wage employers that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

The Living Wage Foundation offers a recognition mark for employers that commit to paying the Living Wage. There are now over 2,700 accredited employers.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.

Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chair of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Association, said: “The Living wage makes a real difference to people’s lives and it was one of my first pledges to deliver when I was elected Police & Crime Commissioner.

“Northumbria Police will continue to do all they can to support staff, ensure they are valued and receive a fair wage by ensuring the Living Wage is paid.

“I’m proud to be Police & Crime Commissioner of a force that puts our people first, ensures that we are doing everything we can to support them.  The Living Wage has helped us achieve many of our goals – that is why we will continue to be strong advocates of the Living Wage.”

Northumbria Police Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award as it shows how committed we are to looking after the wellbeing of our officers and staff.

“This police force would be nothing without the officers and staff who dedicate their lives to protecting vulnerable people, vigorously pursuing offenders and engaging with the public to ensure our communities are safe.

“We do a lot of work to ensure our workforce receive the appropriate support and being shortlisted for this award is recognition that we are committed to ensuring they are paid fairly.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “I would like to offer huge congratulations to Northumbria Police on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards.

“The commitment of Living Wage employers like Northumbria to responsible pay makes a life changing difference to families and communities across the UK.

“We look forward to celebrating this even more when announcing the winners of the regional awards during Living Wage Week which will begin on October 31st.”

The award winners will be announced during Living Wage Week, with one winner announced for each region of the UK: Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the East Midlands; the West Midlands; the East of England; Yorkshire and the Humber; North East England; North West England; South East England; South West England; and London.

The awards are judged by an independent panel of community leaders from Citizens UK; national community organising charity and home of the Living Wage campaign.