Charity and design company become Living Wage employers

21 June 2016

A Queens Park based design company and a Willesden-based charity have become the latest organisations in Brent to become Living Wage employers.


Brent Mencap, of High Road, Willesden and Point 6 Design, of Kilburn Lane, Queens Park, are the newest organisations in Brent to commit to paying every staff member a minimum of £9.40 per hour.


The London Live Wage ensures all workers are paid an hourly rate which enables them to afford a basic standard of living in London.


For employers, it's been proven that paying the Living Wage decreases absenteeism, and helps increase staff retention.


On receiving their accreditation, Ann O'Neill, Executive Director of Brent Mencap said:


"Paying the Living Wage is crucial for us as an employer. We want to ensure our staff are happy and able to afford a good standard of living for themselves and their families.


"That way, our business can flourish and continue to work in the community."


Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:


"Congratulations to Brent Mencap and Point 6 Design for joining the Living Wage employers in the borough.


"The Living Wage is crucial to residents maintaining a decent standard of living, and for employers it allows them to keep good quality staff. We hope to see more employers in Brent join us soon."


To help businesses in Brent become Living Wage Accredited Employers, Brent Council has created an incentive scheme, which includes a substantial Business Rates discount for accredited employers.


This was the first incentive scheme of its type, and is being offered to the first 100 businesses who receive accreditation.