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These are the Devon businesses that pay the REAL living wage

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There are just over 60 employers paying staff the real living wage in Devon and Cornwall, figures show.
The number of businesses signed up with The Living Wage Foundation, campaigners for the Real Living Wage of £8.45 an hour (£9.45 in London) for over 18s, is 47 in Devon and 24 in Cornwall.
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And today – the start of Living Wage Week – it has been announced that the voluntary figure, independently-calculated based on what people need to get by, will go up by 30p to £8.75 around the UK, and up 45p to £10.20 in London.
DCH, which has more than 920 staff across the region said that paying the real Living Wage is about investing in its staff and the region.

DCH employs 920 across the region and says paying the Real Living Wage is good for staff and the region
Sheila Whelan Group Director of People and Communications at DCH said: “Paying the Living Wage is the right thing for us to do as an employer, as a member of the business community and for our employees. “Supporting the Living Wage Foundation in its objectives also helps to encourage best practice amongst other organisations to implement a living wage.”
Today’s increase has been largely driven by the effects of higher inflation on goods and services, with rising private rents and transport costs also having an impact.
The announcements come after new research published by KPMG yesterday showed that 5.5 million people across the UK are still paid less than the real Living Wage, that’s 1 in 5 workers, 21% of the UK workforce.
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Among the Devon employers paying staff at least £8.45 an hour is Plymouth-based Mark CIC, an accreditation social enterprise authority.
Managing Director Lucy Findlay said:“We proudly fly the flag to ensure that employees can actually live on what they earn, no matter where they live or how old they are.
We are committed to paying a fair wage that meets the real cost of living. As an accreditation body ourselves, it’s important to get the proper recognition for this, and we are pleased to be working with the Living Wage Foundation to highlight the need for transparent accreditation via our #GoBeyondTheBadge campaign.”
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The Real Living Wage is not to be confused with the Government’s National Living Wage for over 25s of £7.50 an hour or the National Minimum Wage – of £7.05 an hour for under 25s that all employers must now pay by law.

Tim Jones, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Business Council
Tim Jones, Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said that the rise in the statutory wage had not had the ‘dire consequences’ that were first predicted.
He said: “There has been some difficulty for businesses who are operating right at the bottom of the wage scale in agriculture and tourism.
“However, the economy has been on the side of the tourism sector with the effect of the weak pound bringing in more visitors to the area.
“My feeling is that businesses are now getting over the transition phase and the dire predictions that were first made have not happened.
“In fact, we are now seeing the positive effects of ensuring employees have more money in their pockets, particularly in the retail sector where people have more to spend in the shops.
“It is also good for businesses in terms of staff retention and avoiding the expense of a high turnover of staff in terms of training and recruitment.”
The employers in Devon and Cornwall join 3,600 across the UK including national names like Lidl, Morrisons, EDF and KPMG which also have stores and offices in the region and have pledged to pay the higher wage.
Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance, which has pledged to pay the Real Living Wage to its 85 employees, said: “We are committed to recruiting, training and retaining the best staff who in turn do their very best for the people of Devon. Our employees all know that, whatever their role, they are helping to keep Devon’s Air Ambulances flying. Our employee engagement surveys and low staff turnover show this approach is working.”
Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said:
“The new Living Wage rates announced today will bring relief for thousands of UK workers being squeezed by stagnant wages and rising inflation. It’s thanks to the leadership of over 3,600 employers across the UK who are committed to paying all their staff, including cleaners and security staff, a real Living Wage.
“Great businesses know that, even during these tough times, not only is fair pay the right thing to do but paying the real Living Wage brings big benefits. Nine out of ten accredited Living Wage employers report real benefits including improved retention, reputation, recruitment and staff motivation.”

Devon independent employers accredited by the Living Wage Foundation
Axminster:
Axminster Tools and Machinery
Barnstaple:
DC/DC Power, Com Gen, Friend Electrical
Bideford:
Bideford Town Council
Northern Devon Foodbank
Brixham:
United Reformed Church
Broadclyst:
Broadclyst Parish Council
Clyst St Mary:
Trinity Fire & Security Services, Clyst St Mary
Exeter:
The Beer Cellar
Garland Support and Training Ltd
uCheck
The Prospect Inn
Paperchain
Devon Air Ambulance Trust
Kaleider
Van Man Removals and Storage Ltd
DCH
LaddersFree Window Cleaning
Honiton:
BakeryBits Limited
Cosmic
Kingsbridge:
Bartons Solicitors
Newton Abbot:
Cleverfox Design & Marketing
Tiverton:
Helen Moore Ltd
Ottery St Mary:
East Devon Law Legal Consultants
Paignton:
SDK Environmental
Plymouth:
CATERed Ltd
Delt Shared Services Ltd
Plymouth Community Homes
Social Enterprise Mark CIC
Union Glass Centres
Torquay:
Essential 6 Ltd
love2care
Haytor Hotel
Torrington:
Torrington Health Centre
Upstairs Downstairs housekeeping
Totnes:
Naturesave Insurance
New Lion Brewery
Yelverton:
Upstairs Downstairs Housekeeping
NATIONAL COMPANIES:
Ashburton:
Lloyds Banking Group
Barnstaple:
Majestic Wines
A-Plant
Oxfam
Nationwide Building Society
Lloyds Banking Group
Santander UK
Pearson Plc – Pearson Vue
Bideford:
Santander UK
Oxfam
Nationwide Building Society
Bovey Tracey:
Lloyds Banking Group
Braunton:
Lloyds Banking Group
Budleigh Salterton:
Lloyds Banking Group
Chagford:
Lloyds Banking Group
Chumleigh:
Lloyds Banking Group
Cullompton:
Lloyds Banking Group
Dawlish:
Lloyds Banking Group
Exeter:
Pearson Plc -Pearson Vue
Oxfam
Santander UK
Lloyds Banking Group
Lush
A-Plant & A-Plant Lux
Majestic Wine
Exmouth:
Oxfam
Nationwide Building Society
Holsworthy:
Lloyds Banking Group
Honiton:
Santander UK
Lloyds Banking Group
Ilfracombe:
Lloyds Banking Group
Nationwide Building Society
Kingsbridge:
Lloyds Banking Group
Oxfam
Lynton:
Lloyds Banking Group
Newton Abbot:
Nationwide Building Society
Lloyds Banking Group
Santander UK
Co-operative Bank
Ottery St Mary:
Lloyds Banking Group
Paignton:
Santander UK
Nationwide
Lloyds Banking Group
Plymouth:
Santander UK
Nationwide Building Society
Lush
Co-operative Bank
Lloyds Banking Group
PwC
Pearson Plc – Pearson Vue
Sidmouth:
Oxfam
Lloyds Banking Group
South Molton:
Lloyds Banking Group
Teignmouth:
Oxfam
Lloyds Banking Group
Tiverton:
Majestic Wines
Nationwide Building Society
Lloyds Banking Group
Torquay:
Lloyds Banking Group
Santander UK
Nationwide Building Society
Oxfam
Pearson Plc – Pearson Vue
Torrington:
Lloyds Banking Group
Nationwide Building Society
Totnes:
Oxfam
Santander UK
Majestic Wine
Lloyds Banking Group
Source: Devon live