SIX Yorkshire councils are to implement the living wage of £7.85 an hour, they announced yesterday.
They join 115 other councils which have implemented the accredited scheme.
The newcomers are the five councils of West Yorkshire — Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield — as well as York Council in North Yorkshire.
Bradford Council will bring in the wage on October 1.
“This is good news for people who have jobs such as cleaners, drivers, kitchen assistants, school crossing patrols and street cleaners and will affect 2,188 staff,” said Bradford Council leader David Green.
“The council is committed to reducing inequality and tackling poverty and research shows that paying a living wage leads to a happier staff which in turn results in less absences, better customer service and an improvement in staff performance.”
Consultations are taking place with schools to implement a similar measure for their employees.