Youth support charity joins the living wage community

Youth support charity Includem is the latest organisation to achieve living wage accreditation.

The charity, which works with young people who are experiencing challenges dealing with day-to-day living, joins a list of more than 5000 companies and organisations across the UK which have now been accredited.

The accreditation is made by the Poverty Alliance on behalf of the Living Wage Foundation and involves rigorous interrogation of a company or organisation's pay structure both to its own employees and any contracted workers.

All employers will be expected to comply with National Living Wage (NLW) legislation by 2020. But Includem is going above and beyond any basic statutory commitment by signing up to the Living Wage Foundation's higher rate of pay.

The real Living Wage, as set by the Foundation is £9 an hour, currently 79p an hour higher than the government set National Living Wage.

‘Our staff are at the heart of what we do, without them we would not be able to provide the support and guidance to young people across the country that is so vital in helping them make better life choices and improve their future prospects. Making sure they are properly rewarded for their work is simple common sense,” said Includem’s chief executive, Martin Dorchester.

‘Research shows that paying a real Living Wage can enhance productivity, reduce absenteeism and improve staff morale, there is no down side.’

Includem offers tailored intensive support to young people to build confidence and social skills to help them progress towards better lives. The service is backed by a 24/7 helpline that service users can call for instant support.

Includem works with more than 300 young people and employs around 120 staff in five offices around the country.

Peter Kelly, director of The Poverty Alliance added:

‘With over half of children in poverty in Scotland living in a household where someone works, paying a real Living Wage is now more important than ever.’