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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government Grant Awards To Be Dependent on Fair Work

The SNP Government has introduced new rules for businesses, enterprise agencies and public bodies from next July to improve pay and working conditions.

The new measures set out by Employment and Fair Work Minister Richard Lochhead MSP (pictured with the First Minister) mean that all organisations applying for public sector grants will need to pay at least the real Living Wage of £10.90 an hour and enable staff to have a say in the workplace.

The real Living Wage is already voluntarily paid by over 2,900 Scottish businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or an unexpected bill.

Scotland is already leading the way on paying the real Living Wage. In 2022 a record 91% of employees aged over 18 earned the real Living Wage or more in Scotland – a higher percentage than the other UK nations.

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“This new policy is a significant step in strengthening our fair work agenda, as in 2021-22 Scottish Enterprise issued £135 million in grants to 953 businesses.

“All employed staff, including apprentices and any other workers engaged in delivering the grant-funded activity must now be paid at least the real Living Wage.

“Fair work and fair pay are also good for businesses in North Ayrshire as they help improve staff retention and productivity, reduce recruitment costs and contribute to a skilled and motivated workforce.”


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