The Living Wage foundation has announced a wage increase for the UK as well as the London Living Wage.

Over 180,000 people will benefit from the rise with the UK rate increasing by 25p from £8.75 to £9 and the London Living Wage rising by 35p an hour from £10.20 to £10.55 an hour. The 2018 increases have been largely driven by higher transport costs, private rents and council tax.

Research for the foundation published today found that if local authorities, universities and sports facilities (including football clubs) in towns and cities across the country signed up to the Living Wage, an additional 480,000 low paid workers could benefit.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has welcomed the announcement with over 180 West Midlands Police and PCC staff benefiting from the rise.

David Jamieson said: “I am proud to have ensured that the real Living Wage is paid in both my office and across the whole of West Midlands Police. I have also ensured that firms delivering contracts for West Midlands Police pay the real Living Wage too.

“It is making a real difference to the lives of staff and is making sure that everybody can have a decent quality of life and earn a wage that meets the cost of living and not just the government minimum wage.

“Fair pay at work doesn’t just help our employees but is good for the regional economy too. That extra money will boost businesses throughout the West Midlands.”

“I’d encourage all employers to take the decision to pay this wage, it will make a massive difference to those individuals who receive it. It sends the message that you care about your employees, you treat them properly and that they receive a proper wage.”

Living Wage Foundation Director, Tess Lanning, said: “The Living Wage campaign is about tackling the rising problem of people paid less than they need to live. Responsible businesses know that the government minimum is not enough to live on, and today’s new Living Wage rates will provide a boost for hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the UK.”

“Employers that pay the real Living Wage enable their workers to live a life of dignity, supporting them to pay off debts and meet the pressures of rising bills. We want to see local councils, universities, football clubs, bus companies and the other major public and private sector employers in every city commit to become real Living Wage employers. When they do, thousands of people get a pay rise, but other local employers also follow their lead. If more of these institutions step up, we can start to build true Living Wage places.”