Scottish Winners at the UK Living Wage Foundation Champion Awards

The Living Wage Foundation hosted their Champion Awards 2021 online on 16th June, hosted by YolanDa Brown and sponsored by Aviva.   

The Awards recognise and celebrate Living Wage Employers and individuals that are leading the movement by promoting the real Living Wage in their industries, supply chain and areas, leading to outstanding contributions to communities and industries across the UK.    

Among the winners were 3 employers from our Living Wage network in Scotland:  

  • Highlands based Social Enterprise The Libertie Project scooped a Charity and Funders Award for their efforts to promote the real Living Wage to others and for their commitment to workforce diversity. 
  • Energy supplier SSE secured the Living Hours Award – as one of only five UK companies to become Living Hours accredited, offering security of hours and contracts alongside a real Living Wage, while supporting the Living Wage Foundation with the development of the new programme. 
  • The Dundee Living Wage City Action Group were recognised with a Living Wage Places award, commending their continued effort to promote the real Living Wage across the city. There are now over 80 Living Wage employers in Dundee, including major cultural attractions and anchor institutions. 

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:  

The growing network of over 1900 Living Wage employers in Scotland signals that the civil society movement that inspired us to launch Living Wage Scotland back in 2014 is stronger than ever. It’s fantastic to see employers from our network in Scotland recognised as champions of the real Living Wage and Living Hours at a UK level. Congratulations to The Libertie Project, SSE and the Dundee Living Wage City Action Group, and to all the winners and nominees of the UK Living Wage Champion Awards.  

Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland Manager said: 

We are delighted that The Libertie Project, SSE and the Dundee Living Wage City Action Group have been recognised for their special efforts to grow awareness of the need for decent pay and conditions for workers across Scotland. I hope this inspires more employers to join the movement as accredited Living Wage employers.  

We will be opening applications to the Living Wage Scotland 2021 awards in the summer, with the ceremony to be held online in November. This will offer another fantastic opportunity to celebrate our network of employers in Scotland.  

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