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Angus Housing Association formally accredited as Living Wage employer

Housing association encourages other social landlords to follow suit.

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Angus Housing Association has been formally accredited as a Living Wage employer.

After receiving the association's accreditation plaque, Angus Housing Association Corporate Services Officer Nicola McFarlane said:

“We have actually been paying the Living Wage since 2011 but to have this recognition through the accreditation process is very important to us.

“As a social landlord, we know just how difficult it is for our tenants who are working for the minimum wage of £6.70 per hour or, in some cases, less. Our tenants in this situation really struggle to pay for the basics of life, including their rent.

"With benefits being cut, more and more rely on foodbanks. It would, therefore, be unacceptable for us to pay less than the Living Wage to an employee, and we would encourage all responsible employers, and especially social landlords, to sign up to Living Wage accreditation.

“There is a long way to go, as we are only one of nine employers in Angus which are accredited and the only social landlord in Angus or Dundee. We would, therefore, encourage all other social landlords to move quickly towards accreditation and work towards ending low pay in the Scottish economy.”

The SFHA is holding an event on 27 November for housing associations and co-operatives to learn more about the Living Wage.

Pictured: Angus Housing Association Corporate Services Officer Nicola McFarlane with the Living Wage accreditation plaque.