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Cumbernauld Action for Care of the Elderly Announce Accreditation

Posted: 2019-07-02 13:54:18

Cumbernauld Action for Care of the Elderly Announce Accreditation


Living Wage Scotland are pleased to announce that CACE has become accredited as a Living Wage employer.


Jamie Hepburn, MSP for Cumbernauld & Kilsyth met staff from CACE to celebrate their achievement of Living Wage accreditation. He said:


“I would like to congratulate all at CACE on becoming a Living Wage Employer.  Paying the real Living Wage and becoming accredited treats people fairly, benefits the economy and sends a positive message about the organisation into the wider community, and I would encourage other local organisations to register as I have done in my own office.

As always it was a pleasure to visit CACE and to see again first-hand the impact they are making in the lives of local people.”


Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at CACE, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00. This rate is higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.21 per hour introduced in April 2018.


The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.


Margaret Riley, CEO at CACE, told us:


“Paying people a living wage is just the right thing to do! If we value our employees they feel valued and they in turn want to work for you”


Driver for CACE George, said:


“The living wage makes a world of difference to me, it makes you feel more appreciated”.


As part of their accreditation CACE were able to claim on a discount scheme currently being offered by North Lanarkshire Council which enables employers to claim back up to 50% of the cost of their first years accreditation fee.


Adele Muir, Employability Development Co-ordinator at North Lanarkshire Council told us:


“We are delighted to be able to offer support to North Lanarkshire employers who are paying employees the real Living Wage.  North Lanarkshire Council is keen to work with employers to assist them to become accredited real Living Wage employers and is fully supportive of the real Living Wage in North Lanarkshire. If we can support North Lanarkshire employers to do this then it will support the growth of the local economy and people of North Lanarkshire.”

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support.


Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:


“The real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on levels of in-work poverty in Scotland. There is a strong business case for paying the real Living Wage; but crucially it allows those in work to become more included in society, better provide for their families, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer. We are delighted to congratulate CACE on becoming a Living Wage employer. I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming accredited”. 


Julie McGahan, Living Wage Scotland Manager said:


“We are delighted to welcome CACE to the Living Wage movement.


We are a movement of over 1400 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic Scottish employers like SSE, Standard Life, Barrs, Mackies, ScotRail, D.C. Thomson and many more.


These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like CACE join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."



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