What about the 'national living wage' announced by the Chancellor in the 2015 budget?

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:12 -- Graham Griffiths

In April 2016 the government introduced a higher statutory minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age, and referred to it as the ‘National Living Wage’.

The government intends the higher minimum wage rate for over 25s to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. Current estimates suggest this would mean a rise to around £9 per hour by 2020.

Martha Crawford

Martha Crawford joined the Living Wage Foundation in September 2017 and manages the Foundation’s new project about Good Work. Alongside this role she is the Campaign and Operations Manager for the Good Jobs Campaign at Citizens UK. This work aims to tackle social mobility and the growing skills gap through unique partnerships between businesses, schools, colleges and young people. Previously she has worked at London South Bank University as a Knowledge Exchange Development Manager.

Sam Hepher

Sam is a Programme Manager with an industry focus on Banking, Law and Tech, and a regional focus on North London and the East Midlands. He joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2017. 

Before joining the team, Sam worked for three years at The Challenge, the UK’s largest social integration charity. Prior to this he volunteered on VSO’s International Citizen Service programme in coastal communities in Indonesia, having previously worked as a Human Rights and Social Development researcher at Verisk Maplecroft.

Mari Arthur

Mari joined Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales in 2014 following a career in marketing and business strategy. For eight years Mari was a marketing consultant for the Welsh Government advising start-ups in Wales and supporting the relationship between Wales and China. Mari has also established two businesses in Cardiff and is passionate about fair pay.

Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales is the national charity for sustainable development and in 2016 became the Living Wage Accrediting Body in Wales.

Claire Townson

Claire is Director of Corporate Services for JRF and JRHT. She provides leadership to the corporate services team which includes People and Internal Communications, IT, Health and Safety, Governance and Financial Services.

Prior to joining in 2013, Claire was HR director for a national charity that provides services to tackle problem drug and alcohol use and worked for Motorola in a variety of senior European HR roles. Claire is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chair of Governors for New Earswick Primary School, and has a BA in Economics from the University of York. 

John Hume

John is Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust. Through its funding and support, the Trust encourages resident-focused approaches as a means of addressing the underlying structural causes of health inequalities. He is a member of the Advisory Board for NIHR’s School for Public Health Research and Chair of the Living Wage Friendly Funder Committee for the Living Wage Foundation. John was previously the Deputy Head of Programmes for Big Lottery Fund's £500m health programme, ran his own business for several years and headed up V's £100m corporate match fund programmes. As well as leading operations planning at both Big and the Care Quality Commission, John also worked in learning disability/mental health services, where he set up and ran a community resource centre, and was once the CEO of Graeae Theatre Company.