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Background

The campaign for a Living Wage began in 2001 when a coalition of faith organisations, schools, trade union branches and students’ unions known as The East London Communities Organisation decided a Living Wage was the answer to many of the social problems facing their community.  This was the start of the Living Wage Foundation. You can find out more about the Foundation here: http://www.livingwage.org.uk/

Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative

The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative was established in April 2014 with the aim of increasing the number of employers in Scotland who are recognised for paying their staff the Living Wage. Hosted by  The Poverty Alliance, the Initiative works in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation and is funded by the Scottish Government.

For more information on the history of the Living Wage as a concept, and on the campaign for a Living Wage, please visit:

http://slw.povertyalliance.org/about/history_of_living_wage

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