We commit to:
A Living Wage should be calculated by reference to the income an individual needs to earn to live a decent life (where basic standards of living are met) and to participate fully in society.
The Living Wage should be set by reference to local living standards and needs.
The Living Wage should be set in a transparent way, independent of control or manipulation by government, employers or other parties.
A Living Wage should be sufficient to pay for a locally agreed basket of goods, which is likely to include food, housing, utilities, transport, a degree of leisure and potentially education, health insurance, childcare, servicing debt and savings. A Living Wage is likely to include support for family members as defined in the local context.
A Living Wage should be paid to all employees (male and female) over an agreed minimum working age.
A Living Wage should be paid voluntarily by employers.