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We're now a Living Wage Friendly Funder!

The London Community Foundation is now a Living Wage Friendly Funder. This scheme, run by the Living Wage Foundation means that The London Community Foundation will actively encourage and support applications from organisations willing to pay staff the Living Wage (currently £9.40 in London), or higher. The London Community Foundation have been a Living Wage Employer for a number of years, and have decided to become a Friendly Funder in recognition of the hard work and commitment that the employees of the organisations we fund undertake.

These projects and organisations are a vital pillar of London’s vibrant communities. Without the dedication and commitment of their employees, London would not be the great city it is. We believe passionately that, where possible, organisations should pay their staff at a level that they can live on, to ensure that the fantastic work of the Capital’s community groups, charities and social enterprises can continue into the future. We hope that, eventually, all funders will sign up to the scheme and together we can work towards ending low pay in the community and voluntary sector in the UK.

While we are very proud of supporting the Living Wage, we do not want this to stop anyone applying for funding. If, for any reason, paying this level will not be possible for your organisation, please call and discuss the situation with us before making an application.

What does this mean for applicants?

If you are applying for funding any staff costs (this could include existing staff members, sessional workers, part time or full time posts, freelance workers) you should budget these at the Living Wage or above. We are sensitive to circumstances where organisations feel that taking up the Living Wage could cause difficulties, in these instances we suggest you call us on 020 7582 5117 to discuss your options before applying.

This does not require employers to pay the Living Wage to apprentices or interns although we recommend it as best practice for employers who can afford to do so. Many accredited employers have chosen to extend the requirement to apprentices and interns.

Currently the Living Wage is £8.25 per hour outside London and £9.40 in London. You can learn more about The Living Wage by clicking here.

You can find out more about The Living Wage Friendly Funder Scheme by clicking here.

Below are some FAQs about the scheme that you may find helpful, but if you have any questions then do give us a call.

What is the Living Wage?

The Living Wage is an hourly rate which is set independently and updated in November each year by The Living Wage Foundation. It is calculated according the basic cost of living in the UK. The current Living Wage for the UK is £8.25 and the London Living Wage is £9.40. Please note this is different to the national living wage announced in the government’s 2015 budget.

How will paying the Living Wage affect posts?

Paying at least the living wage applies to all posts, including existing roles, new roles, sessional and freelance workers (it does not need to apply to apprentices but we encourage groups to pay a Living Wage) that are funded by one of our grants. If The London Community Foundation is part-funding posts, we will pay at least the Living Wage on the part we are funding. Further to this, if you feel you are unable to afford to pay a worker at Living Wage please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the matter further.

Do we have to pay The Living Wage across the organisation or be an accredited Living Wage employer to apply?

You do not have to be an accredited Living Wage employer to apply for funding or pay a Living Wage to all of your staff to apply for this funding. We strongly encourage you to consider Living Wage Accreditation if you are in a position to do so. For more information about what this means, please call us, or speak directly to The Living Wage Foundation. 

Published on 28 October 2016

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