Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the publication of a new toolkit, Living Wage Places: A toolkit on tackling low pay by celebrating local action, which has been launched by the Living Wage Foundation and Living Wage Scotland, supported by the Carnegie UK Trust.

The Living Wage Places scheme launched earlier this year to harness the power of place, supporting local employers, communities and people to work together to help extend the Living Wage to more workers and lift more people out of low pay.

The new Living Wage Places Toolkit provides valuable, practical insights for places of all size across the UK – cities, towns, boroughs, zones and even buildings – to begin their own Living Wage Place journey.

It includes a range of case studies of those places who have already become recognised Living Wage Places, including Dundee as the first city to be recognised for Making a Living Wage City in the UK, Glenrothes as the first town to be recognised for Making a Living Wage Town and International House in Brixton, London which has been accredited as the first Living Wage Building.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“This new Living Wage Places toolkit is a fantastic resource for employers and communities exploring how to extend the benefits of the Living Wage to more working people and help lift them out of poverty by becoming a Living Wage Place.

“The toolkit’s launch is timely, with Challenge Poverty Week about to get underway across Scotland. I hope that people in East Lothian will be able to make use of this excellent resource and I will certainly be doing all I can to help promote it.”

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