Press Releases

400th Living Wage Employer in Scotland (19.11.15)

Eighteen months into the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative, employers across Scotland are reporting the business benefits of paying the Living Wage, including dramatic improvements in staff retention and absence rates, and increased productivity. more>


Living Wage to Increase to £8.25 per hour (02.11.15)

The new Living Wage rate is announced at the start of Living Wage Week 2015. more>


Scottish Government Announced as Newest Living Wage Accredited Employer (03.06.15)

The Poverty Alliance is today celebrating that the Scottish Government has become a Living Wage Employer more>


Make A Resolution for 2015 - Pay the Living Wage! (30.12.14)

Campaigners are calling for employers in Scotland to commit to paying the living wage in 2015. more>


Congratulations to Hearts of Midlothian: The First Living Wage Accredited Football Club in Scotland (11.12.14)

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has become the first football club in Scotland to become an officially accredited Living Wage employer. The move will see all staff employed at the club paid the Living Wage. The Living Wage was uprated to £7.85 per hour in November, £1.35 per hour more than the National Minimum Wage. more>


Poverty Alliance Welcomes Additional £200,000 For Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative (26.11.14)

The Poverty Alliance has welcomed today’s announcement that the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative is to receive an additional £200,000 of Scottish Government funding, bringing to total funding package to £280,000. more>


Cleaners Need a Living Wage: A Response to "The Invisible Workforce" (13.08.14)

The Scottish Living Wage Campaign responds to a HMRC report which highlights poor employment practices within the cleaning sector, in particular low pay. more>


New Statistics Show Increasing In-Work Poverty in Scotland (01.07.14)

The Poverty Alliance respond to the latest Poverty & Inequality figures. They show a rise in the number of people in Scotland living in poverty, and highlights the continuing increase in in-work poverty. more>


Poverty Alliance Calls for An End to Poverty Wages (24.06.14)

The Poverty Alliance has called for an end to poverty wages following a report published by the Living Wage Commission. more>


Welcome Progress on the Living Wage and Procurement (23.04.14)

The Scottish Living Wage Campaign has welcomed the announcement by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP that the Scottish Government is to amend the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill to require local authorities to include the living wage as part of the evaluation process in procurement processes. more>


New Living Wage Figure Announced For Scotland (04.11.13)

As part of the annual ‘Living Wage Week’, the Scottish Living Wage Campaign and the Living Wage Foundation has announced the new living wage figure will be £7.65 an hour for the coming year, an increase of 20p. More than 400 companies and organisations across the UK are now officially accredited Living Wage Employers. Living Wage Week will highlight the benefits that the living wage brings for both companies and employees more>


Living Wage Increases to £7.45 in Scotland (05.11.12)

The Scottish Living Wage will increase to £7.45 from November 2012. The announcement came at the start of Living Wage Week, the UK's first celebration of the difference that the living wage is making to thousands of workers lives. To read the press release click here


SLWC Responds to Procurement Consultation (02.11.12)

The Scottish Living Wage Campaign has submitted its response to the Scottish Government's consultation on procurement reform. To download the response click here


Need to Spread the Living Wage Message (06.02.12)

The Scottish Living Wage Campaign called on the Scottish Government to take a more proactive role in advocating for the living wage in both the public and private sector. The call came following the publication of the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Regeneration Committee's report in to the living wage. Download press release.


Scottish Living Wage Rises to £7.20 (22.08.11)

The Scottish living wage was today uprated to £7.20. The new  rate is based on a methodology developed by the Living Wage Foundation and the Centre for Social Policy Research at Loughborough University. Download press release.


Scottish Living Wage Campaign Welcome Labour's Living Wage Commitment (06.04.2011)

The Scottish Living Wage campaign has welcomed the announcement in Scottish Labour’s manifesto that if they form the next Scottish Government they will introduce a living wage of at least £7.15 an hour starting with those working in the public sector. >more


Hit and Miss Budget for Living Wage (17.11.2010)

The Scottish Living Wage Campaign welcomed the announcement in today’s budget that all workers directly employed by the Scottish Government and the NHS will be paid a living wage of £7.15 per hour as of April 2011.

However the announcement does not go far enough and there are still gaps in the Scottish Government’s approach to the living wage. >more


Scottish Living Wage Campaign welcomes First Minister’s Announcement on a ‘Living Wage’ (18.10.2010)

The Scottish Living Wage Campaign today welcomes the First Minister’s announcement that up to 6,000 government and NHS workers would get a ‘living wage’ of at least £7.15 an hour.

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, who co-ordinate the Scottish Living Wage Campaign, said:

“We welcome the fact that both major political parties in Scotland are now in consensus around the need to protect the lowest paid workers in our society." >more


Scottish Living Wage Campaign welcomes Labour Leaders Commitment to 'Living Wage' (27.09.2010)

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray has committed the party to a Scottish Living Wage of over seven pounds an hour and intimated their intentions to introduce a Scottish Living Wage Unit should they be in Government following the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections. >more


Perfect storm’ of cuts and welfare reform will increase the number of low paid in Scotland campaigners warn. (27.05.2010) >more


Living Wage Gathers Momentum as Housing Associations Sign Up (20.04.2010) >more


Scottish Enterprise Points the Way on Living Wage (19.03.2010) >more