Campaigners hail Hull City Council's Living Wage move
East Riding campaigners have congratulated Hull City Council on its decision to adopt the policy of a Living Wage.
At its budget meeting yesterday, the authority, which is facing millions of pounds in cuts from its government grant, decided to back the principle of the Living Wage.
As a consequence, up to 1,400 of the authority's worst-paid employees will be better off.
George McManus, Labour's Parliamentary spokesman for Beverley and Holderness, said: "This is a welcome move. In spite of being forced to make cutbacks, Hull City Council has taken the principled stance of supporting the Living Wage."
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Instead of cleaners and care assistants getting the minimum wage, they will now be about £1 an hour better off.
Mr McManus said: "We've been lobbying East Riding Council to adopt the Living Wage for months but so far they've buried their heads in the sand saying it's an issue for national government."