Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group has announced it has adopted the UK Living Wage, meaning its employees will be paid a rate which best reflects the actual cost of living in the UK and not just the minimum wage.
It will be the sixth housing provider in the North West to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage is worked out according to the cost of living in the UK and is revised every year.
The new calculation will be announced during Living Wage Week, which starts on November 4.
Currently it stands at £7.45 an hour compared with the national minimum wage of £6.19 an hour for workers aged 21 and over.
The local housing provider, which includes New Progress Housing Association, New Fylde Housing and Progress Care Housing Association, has signed up to the initiative as it believes it both demonstrates its appreciation of its employees.