Tackling Low Pay in the Charity Sector: An Action Plan

5th June 2018

The Living Wage Foundation has launched an action plan to tackle the “race to the bottom environment” caused by government funding cuts.

In a report published last November, the Living Wage Foundation revealed that more than a quarter of charity workers are paid below the real living wage. Working with charities, umbrella bodies, trade unions and funders, the Living Wage Foundation has found that government funding cuts is one of the biggest barriers to paying the real living wage.

John Hume, chief executive of the People’s Health Trust, said: “The action plan calls on commissioners and funders to recognise the intrinsic value of paying the real Living Wage and to begin to see a concerted effort from all parties to drive this change through the sector.”

The action plan encourages funders to sign up to the Friendly Funders scheme and asks charities that pay the real living wage to publicly champion it, using the Living Wage badge in publicity materials. You can read the action plan here.