This was one of the first acts of the UK’s first Green-led Council, who were elected in May 2011. They did this in their first 100 days in office, as an indication of their commitment to social justice as a core Green pillar. This was achieved in spite of the difficult fiscal situation facing the UK, where Councils are facing cuts to their budgets which could impact on the most vulnerable in society.
The Brighton & Hove Greens want to expand this living wage beyond council workers. To this end, they have established a “living wage commission” to examine the benefits, risks and challenges of introducing a living wage in the city’s private and third sector. This has the support of a range of community actors, including Unions and business leaders. It will report next year and will act of a blue print for how a living wage can be extended across Brighton & Hove.