Midlothian Council to adopt ‘living wage’

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More than 650 workers could see wages rise following a decision – in principle – by Midlothian Council to adopt what is known as the “living wage”.

The “living wage” has been set across Scotland as £7.20 an hour, with the current minimum wage being £6.08 an hour.

The decision means council officials will now go ahead and assess the impact of increasing wages for the staff involved – including cleaners, laundry assistants and cooks – to at least £7.20 an hour, with other options including £7.29 an hour.

A final decision on the specific new hourly rate, and how to implement it, will be made by the council later in the year.

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