Offering a fair day's pay for a fair day's work

8 August 2019

Edsential is the latest organisation to sign up to the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage charter, reflecting fairer earnings in the workplace.  

Managing Director of Edsential, Ian McGrady pledges his support “We want to support our community of committed staff alongside their families and so signing up to the Local Living Wage charter was a no-brainer for us. We understand how the cost of living has increased over the years and highlights that we want our community to thrive.”

Genene Rothery, a catering assistant based in west Cheshire, adds: “I have been in my current role at Edsential for a good 5 years now, I love my job and the satisfaction it brings. The increase in my pay has let me enjoy a few small luxuries that I could not afford before. As a family we do more of what we like to do in our spare time. The Local Living Wage increase has benefitted me greatly.”

The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage campaign was launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council. The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said:  “We are really pleased that Edsential has signed the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage charter and pledged their support to join the campaign for a real living wage. 

“Poverty Pay in the UK is forcing more and more working families into poverty, when compared to ten years ago, with many working multiple jobs in low paid and insecure work. In Cheshire, 16 per cent of households in the borough have an annual income below the poverty threshold and we are pleased that Edsential is paying a real living wage and providing a decent income.” 

Edsential is a Community Interest Company owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Wirral Council which provides services to the Education sector. Edsential was created with a private sector head and public sector heart – allowing the company the freedom to compete, whilst using any surplus as a direct reinvestment into Edsential services or to support projects in our schools. This year, Edsential has been able to provide funding of £100,000 to the schools who they work with; enabling them to continually assess and develop their provision. 

The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage rate of £9 per hour is calculated to cover the real cost of living in the borough. It is different from the National Living Wage rate of £8.21 per hour for people aged over 25, which is a mandatory rate set by government and formerly known as the minimum wage.

For more information about the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage visit www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/llw.


Ian McGrady (MD of Edsential), Genene Rothery (Catering assistant), Albert Clarke (Catering assistant), Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore, Genene Rothery (Catering assistant), Albert Clarke (Catering assistant), Ian McGrady (MD of Edsential) 
 

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