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Support for Living Wage week

West Lothian Council and Fauldhouse Community Development Trust are teaming up to support Living Wage Week, which runs from 5 to 10 November.

08 November
Living Wage

Both the council and Fauldhouse-based voluntary organisation are long-term supporters of the Living Wage Foundation's campaign to ensure all workers are paid a fair rate for their work.
Over 2,000 council workers benefited when West Lothian Council introduced the independently-calculated Living Wage rates in 2016 for all staff. Fauldhouse Community Development Trust (CDT) has also been an accredited Living Wage employer for three years.
Executive councillor for development and transport Cathy Muldoon visited Fauldhouse CDT to mark Living Wage Week, and encourage more local employers to join the scheme.
Councillor Muldoon said: "I am delighted to team up with the dedicated team at Fauldhouse CDT to promote Living Wage week.
"Both the council and CDT have been accredited Living Wage employers for a number of years, and are very supportive of the scheme.
"Making sure that all staff receive a fair pay for a day's work has huge benefits for our communities, and we would encourage more employers to join the scheme. We were one of the first councils to become Living Wage accredited, and make sure it was applied to key groups who would benefit most such as apprentices and externally-employed care homes staff."
Fauldhouse CDT was set up by local residents to work with the local community to secure resources and assets to support change for the benefit of all residents. 
They own and run the Hub and Eastfield Community Centre in Fauldhouse, as well as operating a number of worthwhile community projects such as a volunteer lead Timebank and Cycle without age project.
Fauldhouse CDT manager Julie Smith said: "We are proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer, making sure that all our staff members and sessional workers are paid a fair wage.
"As a voluntary organisation set up to benefit the community, it's essential that we are an ethical employer that makes sure our staff know they are valued and involved. We felt that introducing the Living Wage increased morale amongst our staff, increasing their pride in their work."

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