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Brentwood Borough Council

FOI 9716

Living Wage

Request

The information we require relates to the use of the Living Wage in Essex (Brentwood). We are using the definitions used by the Living Wage Foundation of £8.80 per hour in Greater London and £7.65 per hour outside of London. Please can you tell us:

1. Has your local authority committed to being a Living Wage employer?

2. Do you currently require contractors who deliver social care in your local authority to be Living Wage employers?

3. Over the last 12 months, have tendering processes favoured (i.e. offered additional marks to) organisations which can demonstrate that they are Living Wage employers?

This information, we believe, should not fall under the category of 'commercially sensitive' as we are not requesting any breakdown of the total amount paid and we believe it will be readily available. If you foresee any problems with this information request we should be very grateful if you would let us know.

Response

The response to your queries are provided below

1. Has your local authority committed to being a Living Wage employer? Response- No we have not committed to this

2. Do you currently require contractors who deliver social care in your local authority to be Living Wage employers? Response - Social care within the borough is administered by Essex County Council and I suggest you contact them to get an answer to your query

3. Over the last 12 months, have tendering processes favoured (i.e. offered additional marks to) organisations which can demonstrate that they are Living Wage employers? Response - this is currently not included within our tendering process