Living Wage is no-brainer says winner of the South East Living Wage Leadership Award 2015

Natasha Singarayer, Chief Executive of The Abbeyfield Society
Natasha Singarayer, Chief Executive of The Abbeyfield Society

Natasha Singarayer, Chief Executive of The Abbeyfield Society, a national charity providing care and support to older people with over 1500 employees throughout the UK, has been chosen as the winner of the Living Wage Leadership Award 2015 for the South East region.

The Living Wage Foundation organise these awards to recognise the life changing impact individuals have made by leading the way on the Living Wage Campaign within communities.

The awards are part of Living Wage Week 2015, a national celebration of responsible pay for everybody, running from 1st – 7th November. “Happy staff make happy residents” said Natasha Singarayer, Chief Executive of the Abbeyfield Society, “which is why becoming the first national care provider to pay the ‘real’ Living Wage back in April 2014 was a no-brainer for us.  Yes, it has added to our costs but is already reaping rewards in terms of staff satisfaction and lower turnover rates.  For all those care organisations who think they can’t afford the Living Wage, I say you can’t afford NOT to pay it.”

Living Wage Foundation Acting Director, Sarah Vero, said:

“Congratulations to Natasha on being named the Leadership Award winner for the South East region. The voices of people are at the heart of our organisation, and it is wonderful to have Natasha leading the way in the South East. We want to celebrate the individuals making a real difference to families and communities across the UK. Thank you very much for celebrating the Living Wage.”

The Living Wage Foundation wants to celebrate the huge and diverse group of people who support the Living Wage Campaign. Thanks to the help of community members, employees, business leaders and many other supporters, the Living Wage Campaign now has 1920 accredited employers.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

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

One Leadership Award winner has been named in each region of the UK: Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the East Midlands; the West Midlands; the East of England; Yorkshire and the Humber; North East England; North West England; South East England; South West England; and London.

The awards judged by an independent panel of community leaders from Citizens UK, national community organising charity and home of the Living Wage campaign.


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