Independent Lives is proud to announce that we are now a Living Wage employer Independent Lives is now accredited as a Living Wage employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Independent Lives receive a wage which meets the rising cost of living. Everyone working at Independent Lives will receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour. In the South East, around 15% of all jobs pay less than the Real Living Wage - around 572,000 jobs. With this accreditation, Independent Lives is adhering to a voluntary benchmark ensuring that their staff earn a wage which meets the costs and pressures of everyday life. All staff at Independent Lives are guaranteed to receive a wage that they can comfortably live on, as the Real Living Wage is recalculated annually to keep pace with any increases in the cost of living. Rebecca Smicle, Chief Executive, Independent Lives said: ‘We are very proud to announce that we’re now an accredited Living Wage employer. It is important for us to ensure that our staff are paid a fair living wage which reflects the actual cost of living. ‘Our staff are our best asset, and by making a commitment to pay the Real Living Wage, we are hoping to set a precedent across the social care sector that our staff deserve a fair wage. Without them we cannot continue to deliver the high quality of care which we’re known for.’ Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation added: ‘We are delighted that Independent Lives has joined the movement of UK employers who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.’ The Living Wage figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK. For more information, head over the to Living Wage Foundation website here.