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27 Feb 2020
Edsential Community Interest Company has signed up to the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage charter, which promises to ensure workers find it easier to earn a living.
“We want to support our community of committed staff alongside their families and so signing up to the Local Living Wage charter for another year was a no-brainer for us! We understand how the cost of living has increased over the years and highlights that we want our community to thrive. “
Managing Director – Ian McGrady
Genne, a Catering assistant based in West Cheshire, added:
“I have been in my current role at Edsential for a good 5 years now, I love my job and the satisfaction it brings. The increase in my pay has let me enjoy a few small luxuries that I could not afford before. As a family we do more of what we like to do in our spare time. The LLW increase has benefitted me greatly.”
Edsential is a Community Interest Company owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Wirral Council which provides services to the Education sector.
(L-R Ian McGrady (MD of Edsential), Genene Rothery (Catering assistant), Albert Clarke (Catering assistant), Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore)
We were created with a private sector head and public sector heart – allowing us the freedom to compete, whilst using any surplus as a direct reinvestment in our services or to support projects in our schools. This year, we have been able to provide funding of £100,000 to the schools who we work with; enabling them to continually assess and develop their provision.
The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage rate of £9 per hour is calculated to cover the real cost of living.
It is different from the National Living Wage rate of £8.21 per hour for people aged over 25, which is a mandatory rate set by the government and formerly known as the minimum wage.
The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage campaign was launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Councillor Paul Donovan, Cabinet Member for Democracy, Workforce and Localities, said: “We are really pleased that Edsential Community Interest Company has signed the charter and joined the campaign to help make sure workers in the borough can earn a decent living.
“Poverty in the UK is a growing concern and there are more and more working families in poverty when compared to five or ten years ago, with many working multiple jobs.1 Despite Cheshire’s affluent image, 16 per cent of the area’s households have an annual income of £15,000 or less, compared to 17 per cent for the number of UK households.”
For more information about the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/llw.
You can find Edsential and other Local Living Wage providers by accessing the directory here