Living Wage backed by City of York Council'

HUNDREDS of York council workers will get a pay rise after plans to introduce a Living Wage were approved last night.

City of York Council's cabinet has agreed to use £338,000 from the authority's Economic Infrastructure Fund (EIF) to meet the increased wages of its lowest-paid staff next year, meaning they will earn £7.45 an hour.

The policy will be implemented from April following recommendations made by York's Fairness Commission. The EIF money will cover the 2013/14 costs of upping the pay of 573 employees on council contracts who currently earn less than the Living Wage.

The council has said the cost of the Living Wage from 2014/15 onwards will be met from “core budgets”, although it has yet to be confirmed precisely where this money will come from.

Conservative councillor Chris Steward told last night’s meeting that council staff should be “valued appropriately” but the Living Wage was “the wrong thing to do at this stage”. However, Coun Julie Gunnell, cabinet member for corporate services, said it was an “ethical stance” and the extra money would be a “lifeline” for some employees.

The cabinet also approved five per cent increases in charges for a series of council services from January, including cremations and some waste and library fees. The authority said the increases are in line with inflation and will bring in an extra £32,000 this year and £128,000 in 2013/14 to help frontline services.

Meanwhile, the Labour group has officially nominated Coun Gunnell as next year's Lord Mayor of York. She will step down from her cabinet role in May.

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10:31am Wed 5 Dec 12

Oaklands Resident says...

The report is misleading.

While some Council services charges will go up by 5% from 1st January other rises are much higher.

For example, charges for pensioners playing bowls will have doubled in little over a year. They pay £3 per hour (up from £1-50 an hour in December 2011) while other adults will have to find £4 an hour (a 60% increase).

Concessionary charges (again pensioners being hit the hardest) are up by 33% to £7 an hour in the same period.

Bulky waste collection charges are increased to £35.

There are other huge increases which are being disguised by the council’s reference to "averages"

These are all being introduced in order to pay off the increased interest payments on the money being borrowed by the Council to pay for trips to Cannes, an “arts barge” etc
The report is misleading. While some Council services charges will go up by 5% from 1st January other rises are much higher. For example, charges for pensioners playing bowls will have doubled in little over a year. They pay £3 per hour (up from £1-50 an hour in December 2011) while other adults will have to find £4 an hour (a 60% increase). Concessionary charges (again pensioners being hit the hardest) are up by 33% to £7 an hour in the same period. Bulky waste collection charges are increased to £35. There are other huge increases which are being disguised by the council’s reference to "averages" These are all being introduced in order to pay off the increased interest payments on the money being borrowed by the Council to pay for trips to Cannes, an “arts barge” etc Oaklands Resident
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11:15am Wed 5 Dec 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I get the impression that we're all working for the Council, rather than the Council working for us...
I get the impression that we're all working for the Council, rather than the Council working for us... Ignatius Lumpopo
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11:27am Wed 5 Dec 12

inthesticks says...

The council should only be putting our money into essential services at this time. Sorry all you talented musicians, mime artists or whatever you do - arts barge is not essential and I don`t want to pay for it.
I am happy for my council tax to pay cleaners a decent wage however and I hope that there is a knock on effect eventually all low paid will get a decent wage, public and private sectors, throughout the country. The money just comes out of another pot for a lot of them in giving them tax credits and housing benefit to top it up.
Oaklands resident- you always make a lot of good points but don`t forget that there are an awful lot of pensioners with a lot of money, who don`t have mortgages or rents to pay, who drive round in new cars who can afford to pay their way (and i`m related to some of them).
Maybe those who get some sort of benefit should be able to get services cheaper and those who don`t pay the same as other adults.
The council should only be putting our money into essential services at this time. Sorry all you talented musicians, mime artists or whatever you do - arts barge is not essential and I don`t want to pay for it. I am happy for my council tax to pay cleaners a decent wage however and I hope that there is a knock on effect eventually all low paid will get a decent wage, public and private sectors, throughout the country. The money just comes out of another pot for a lot of them in giving them tax credits and housing benefit to top it up. Oaklands resident- you always make a lot of good points but don`t forget that there are an awful lot of pensioners with a lot of money, who don`t have mortgages or rents to pay, who drive round in new cars who can afford to pay their way (and i`m related to some of them). Maybe those who get some sort of benefit should be able to get services cheaper and those who don`t pay the same as other adults. inthesticks
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3:14pm Wed 5 Dec 12

meme says...

If we tax/charge well off pensioners more than poor ones what's the incentive to save for retirement? We may as well all be looked after by the state in our old age and have a great time getting there
Like it or not the UK is broke. There wil be huge negative changes to our lifestyles over the next 10 years and its welfare /pensions and well meaning spendthrifts that are the major architects of what will be the UK's finacial implosion
If we tax/charge well off pensioners more than poor ones what's the incentive to save for retirement? We may as well all be looked after by the state in our old age and have a great time getting there Like it or not the UK is broke. There wil be huge negative changes to our lifestyles over the next 10 years and its welfare /pensions and well meaning spendthrifts that are the major architects of what will be the UK's finacial implosion meme
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3:37pm Wed 5 Dec 12

inthesticks says...

meme wrote:
If we tax/charge well off pensioners more than poor ones what's the incentive to save for retirement? We may as well all be looked after by the state in our old age and have a great time getting there
Like it or not the UK is broke. There wil be huge negative changes to our lifestyles over the next 10 years and its welfare /pensions and well meaning spendthrifts that are the major architects of what will be the UK's finacial implosion
So are you suggesting all poor pensioners have squandered money during their lives?
Giving pensioners a fuel allowance when they have a million in the building society is not good economic sense in my opinion.
Those huge economic changes you talk about are here already and it`s the poorer people who are hit hardest, I bet you believed the we`re all in it together line aswell.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: If we tax/charge well off pensioners more than poor ones what's the incentive to save for retirement? We may as well all be looked after by the state in our old age and have a great time getting there Like it or not the UK is broke. There wil be huge negative changes to our lifestyles over the next 10 years and its welfare /pensions and well meaning spendthrifts that are the major architects of what will be the UK's finacial implosion[/p][/quote]So are you suggesting all poor pensioners have squandered money during their lives? Giving pensioners a fuel allowance when they have a million in the building society is not good economic sense in my opinion. Those huge economic changes you talk about are here already and it`s the poorer people who are hit hardest, I bet you believed the we`re all in it together line aswell. inthesticks
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4:58pm Wed 5 Dec 12

E=MC^2 says...

Good . Now lets see it from those private sector employers who could do so but don’t prefering to have the state subsidise their paybill, they should stop freeloading on tax credits and pay the living wage.
Good . Now lets see it from those private sector employers who could do so but don’t prefering to have the state subsidise their paybill, they should stop freeloading on tax credits and pay the living wage. E=MC^2
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5:03pm Wed 5 Dec 12

meme says...

Your first line is a total misrepresentation of what I said...I said there was no point in saving if you had to pay more than someone with less just because you may have been careful;...... it takes away all the incentives to do so which is vastly different to the spin you put on my comments.
AND if you really believe its as bad as its going to get now you are inhabiting the defecit ignorers world.
We wont be able to pay these benefits as we will be bust like Greece Spain France and Ireland. Its just going to take us a little longer to get there. And dont believe we cannot go bust as the fools who ignore this say ...Look at Argentina, USA in 30's etc
We aint seen nothing yet
Your first line is a total misrepresentation of what I said...I said there was no point in saving if you had to pay more than someone with less just because you may have been careful;...... it takes away all the incentives to do so which is vastly different to the spin you put on my comments. AND if you really believe its as bad as its going to get now you are inhabiting the defecit ignorers world. We wont be able to pay these benefits [or pensions] as we will be bust like Greece Spain France and Ireland. [I actually do not think we can avoid it whatever we do] Its just going to take us a little longer to get there. And dont believe we cannot go bust as the fools who ignore this say ...Look at Argentina, USA in 30's etc We aint seen nothing yet meme
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9:29pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Omega Point says...

"These are all being introduced in order to pay off the increased interest payments on the money being borrowed by the Council to pay for trips to Cannes, an “arts barge” etc”
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That is stupid comment
"These are all being introduced in order to pay off the increased interest payments on the money being borrowed by the Council to pay for trips to Cannes, an “arts barge” etc” " That is stupid comment Omega Point
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