Islington has become the first council in the country to be officially recognised for ensuring that the charities and voluntary organisations it funds through its core grants programme all pay the Living Wage to their employees.
The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, with a higher rate in London.
The council – which, in 2012, became the joint-first local authority to be accredited as a Living Wage employer – is now the first to be awarded ‘Friendly Funder’ status by the Living Wage Foundation and Citizens UK.
Living Wage Friendly Funders support community and voluntary sector organisations to pay the Living Wage through their grant-making.
Each year, Islington provides some 43 charities and voluntary organisations with £3.2 million in ‘core grants’ on the condition that they pay all their employees the Living Wage or more.