What it means to be a Local Living Wage employer

Key benefits and advantages for employers

By leading the way and becoming a Local Living Wage employer you are signing up to reduce poverty, boost the local economy and make life better in west Cheshire.

Not only that, but paying the Local Living Wage has also proven to be great for business.

Employers that pay a Local Living Wage report:
  • Lower absenteeism and lower staff turnover
  • Higher productivity and improvements in the quality of work of staff
  • Greater motivation and morale
  • Stronger recruitment
  • A way to stand out from competitors
  • Increased consumer awareness of their commitment to be an ethical employer
These findings are reported by the Living Wage Foundation.

Businesses who sign up to the Local Living Wage will receive:
  • advice and resources to use the LLW charter mark
  • free enhanced business advice

Key benefits and advantages for employees 

People, no matter what they do or how educated they are, deserve to be able to feed themselves, find and maintain adequate shelter, and take care of themselves with their wages.

The aim of the Local Living Wage is that no one should have to do a day's work for less than they can live on. The Local Living Wage accreditation intends to recognise the dignity of work and the importance for individuals, families and society of people being able to earn a wage which provides an acceptable standard of living.

West Cheshire is often thought of as being an affluent, green and leafy area for people to live in. However, this does not represent the entirety of the borough and there are some locations that don’t enjoy the affluence often associated with the area. 16 per cent of households in the borough have an annual income of £15,000 or less, which is similar to the number of UK households having an income of £15,000 or less at 17 percent.

While some of these households may not be impacted by a change to wage rates, like pensioners or self-employed people, for example, it is estimated that there is still a large proportion of these low income households that would benefit from the local living wage.

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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