PE01467: Scottish Living Wage Recognition Scheme

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Petitioner: Andrew McGowan MSYP on behalf of Scottish Youth Parliament


Date Lodged: 27 February 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to set up a recognition scheme to recognise employers that pay a Scottish Living Wage.

Petition History:

The petitioner has also collected 824 offline signatures.


1 March 2013: The Committee took evidence from Andrew McGowan MSYP. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, COSLA, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Trades Union Congress. The Committee also agreed to seek more information about the Glasgow Living Wage Employer Award. Link to Official Report 1 March 2013 (507KB pdf)

14 May 2013: The Committee agreed to write again to COSLA and STUC to seek responses, and to write to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, CBI Scotland and the petitioner. Link to Official Report 14 May 2013 (503KB pdf)

3 September 2013: The Committee agreed to write to the UK Government and the Living Wage Foundation. Link to Official Report 3 September 2013 (587KB pdf)

12 November 2013: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 12 November 2013 (538KB pdf)

28 January 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the Scottish Government fully supports the principles of the Living Wage Campaign, and will fund the Poverty Alliance for a one-year pilot of an accreditation scheme designed to increase the number of employers paying the living wage. Link to Official Report 28 January 2014 (550KB pdf)

Written Submissions:

One Fair Wage is a campaign set up by the Scottish Youth Parliament to encourage organisations to pledge their support for a Scottish Living Wage. We believe everyone in Scotland deserves to earn at least enough to live on. We believe it's obscene for people to be trapped in in-work poverty.

As part of the campaign, we’re calling on the Scottish Government to set up a Scottish Living Wage Recognition Scheme. This scheme could accredit and publicly recognise employers from all sectors that pay all their staff a Living Wage, which could benefit workers of all ages by ensuring that they’re paid a wage that they can live on!

Support this in principle and would ask for Scottish Parliament to initiate a design of a charter mark on par to BSI or ISO institute allow recognized employers to attach an official charter mark to letter heading, publicity, etc. Verification of any scheme could be from existing organisation, trade guild, local authority, from all government departments that tender for services.

Andrew John Younger

18:26 on 14 Feb 2013

This would allow people to live with dignity and not depend on handouts from the government. People who work should be rewarded accordingly, we all count together - let's unite as a country and make our children proud.

Deborah Jean Chambers

14:55 on 13 Feb 2013

There already is a scheme, run by the Living Wage Foundation. The SYP is essentially calling for needless duplication.

James Macfarlane

3:39 on 08 Feb 2013

This is very long overdue - there is a massive disparity between the top 20% of earners and the rest of the working population. Its a disgrace that in this era we have classification of the 'working poor'. I would hope this petition would also cover the so-called apprenticeship banner - the loophole where employers pay outrageously low rates per hour and get away with it.


12:45 on 04 Feb 2013

Good luck with this!!

Brian McGuire

16:59 on 01 Feb 2013

Whole heartedly agree with this petition and what you are trying to accomplish. I have no doubt that it will be a success.


16:24 on 01 Feb 2013

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