Council wages criticised

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ONE in five people working for Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) earn less than the national living wage.

The council released figures which show that 3,479 workers earn less than £7.20 an hour, the figure stated as the UK’s living wage by Loughborough University. It’s based on the cost of bills such as council tax and child care.

Across the country the living wage has been adopted by 11 councils, four hospitals, 14 universities and more than 100 businesses.

Union leaders said they are ‘not surprised’ at the figures because staff in schools, libraries and social care have been on low pay for years.

A spokesman for NCC said: “We have in place a modern pay structure that balances fair and equitable pay arrangements for all employees, whilst ensuring value for money for the taxpayers of Northamptonshire.”