Coin Street celebrates Living Wage Week 2016

Iain Tuckett

This week Coin Street is proud to be celebrating Living Wage Week (LWW) and our Living Wage Employer 2016 accreditation. Living Wage Week is an annual celebration which recognises the leadership shown by employers across the UK who are making a voluntary commitment to pay the Living Wage Foundation Living Wage*.

The new independently calculated Living Wage rates are announced every year on a Monday. This year, the announcement happened to coincide with Halloween, so we dug right into the Halloween spirit by taking part in a pumpkin carving competition.

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It was tough to choose a single winner out of the scarily good creations each team carved out — too tough, even, for our trusty panel of judges, who couldn’t decide on one winning entry…

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…and ended up picking a joint winner (pictured below).

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On Tuesday we took the celebrations outside to Bernie Spain Gardens, where our Community Gardener, Natalie Mady, led a gardening session planting broad beans and garlic.

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On Thursday our Group Director, Iain Tuckett, unveiled our brand new plaque displaying Coin Street’s commitment to paying the living wage to all of its employees and to celebrate we all enjoyed some especially themed tasty treats.

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To round off the celebrations, on Friday, we were treated to a staff team lunch in the neighbourhood centre. Our INSET day group and Community Vision and Values group collaborated to cook up an incredible feast with an international flavour.

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It has been an honour to celebrate Living Wage Week and to show our support for the campaign. The Living Wage model fits well with Coin Street’s values and we see this as an opportunity to be a positive influence and role model for other social enterprises and not-for-profits working in central London.

*What is the Living Wage Foundation Living Wage?

The Living Wage Foundation is an independent group of organisations and people who believe a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

This has a wider remit than the UK Government’s new National Living Wage, which is a legal requirement. The Living Wage Foundation Living Wage is set independently each year and is based on analysis of what employees and their families need to earn in order to have a decent standard of living and fully participate in society.

There is a separate rate calculated for London to reflect the higher costs faced by those working in the capital.

By paying the real Living Wage employers are voluntarily taking a stand to ensure their employees can earn a wage which is enough to live on. That basic fairness is at the heart of what the campaign is trying to achieve and why great businesses and organisations choose to go further than the government minimum.