The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every Diocesan employee earns not just the minimum wage, the ‘National Living Wage’, but the ‘Living Wage’, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.
The Diocese perceives the commitment to the Living Wage as upholding the Common Good and the dignity of work and ensures that people have quality time to spend for themselves and with their family. This development is a response by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to Pope Francis’ call to be a ‘poor Church for the poor‘ (Pope Francis, Audience with Journalists, 16 March 2013).
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.
You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting their website.
The Living Wage Foundation is an initiative of Citizens UK.