Salford City Mayor reacts to lockdown heroes getting paid the Real Living Wage

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett is celebrating an early Christmas present for lockdown heroes.

Anchor Hanover Group has announced that it will pay its members of staff the Real Living Wage from 1 December 2021 and commit to gaining Living Wage Employer Accreditation by May 2022.

The group is the largest provider of specialist housing and care for older people in England.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “It is fantastic news that Anchor Hanover has officially announced that their care workers - some of the real heroes of lockdown - are getting paid the Real Living wage. It is absolutely without doubt the right thing to do, our care workers who have actively been our 4th emergency service throughout the pandemic deserve every penny!

“In Salford 70 staff at Beechfield Care Home are now set to benefit from this well-deserved pay uplift and also those who work at the four extra care schemes in the city.

“Care workers do an incredibly demanding and challenging job. Since the pandemic began people have started to realise that they are the hidden heroes in our society, caring for the most vulnerable in our communities and helping them to stay safe and well.

“In Salford we have been paying our care workers the Salford Living Wage since December 2020 and applaud their hard work, commitment and dedication. They truly are the Spirit of Salford.”

In Salford an action group of representatives from the private, public and voluntary and community sectors and local trades unions has spent the last year working with local employers to raise awareness and pay rates and has already seen the number of accredited Living Wage employers increase from 38 in 2019 to 68 in 2021. The work continues and the target is 76 for 2022.

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Date published
Friday 3 December 2021

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