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Council up for Living Wage award

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By Lisa Barbour
Annan and Eskdale

DUMFRIES and Galloway Council has been shortlisted for the 2015 Living Wage Champion Awards.

The coveted awards celebrate employers who have done the most to implement, promote and celebrate the living wage in their regions, and judges looked at evidence of how the council raised awareness of the living wage and encouraged other organisations to pay this.
They became a living wage accredited employer in June – being only the second local authority in Scotland to do so.
Council leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “We are honoured to have been shortlisted for this award. It is in recognition of all our hard work since becoming accredited to not only pay the living wage but also to promote it and encourage other employers in the region to follow suit.”
He added: “The living wage is strongly featured in the council’s anti poverty strategy and is recognised as a way of preventing people falling into poverty and also helping them escape from poverty.
“Receiving a fair amount of compensation for the work that you do was seen to have an impact not only in financial/income terms, but also in terms of confidence and self worth which is a particular issue facing people in poverty.”

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