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Christina McKelvie MSP has welcomed the new Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.45 an hour and encouraged more employers in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse to sign up as Accredited Living Wage Employers.

The Scottish Living Wage, calculated to meet the cost of living, is reviewed every year based on living standards.

The rise of 20 pence per hour will benefit thousands of workers at Living Wage accredited organisations across Scotland, including many in throughout the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency.

Christina is already an accredited Living Wage employer and works with the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative to promote the Living Wage in throughout the constituency.    

Commenting on the wage-rise, Christina McKelvie said:

“The new Living Wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of workers across Scotland and in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, ensuring that people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living. 

“I would encourage all businesses throughout my constituency to consider becoming Scottish Living Wage employers. For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense - it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover while sending a strong signal to customers about fairness.

“With millions of workers worse off as a result of the UK Government’s welfare cuts, and low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, employers can make a real difference by choosing to pay the real Living Wage.

“I encourage all businesses throughout my constituency and beyond to recognise the numerous benefits of paying the real Living Wage.”