Procure Plus employee wins award in the fight for fair pay
Ann-Marie Hopkins, senior regeneration manager at Procure Plus, has been chosen as the winner of the Living Wage Leadership Awards 2015 for the North West region.
The Living Wage Foundation organises the awards to recognise the life changing impact individuals have made by leading the way on the Living Wage Campaign within communities.
The awards are part of Living Wage Week 2015, a national celebration of responsible pay for everybody, running from 1st – 7th November.
Ann-Marie Hopkins, senior regeneration manager at Procure Plus, commented: “The Living Wage is incredibly important to me and my colleagues, especially across the work we do with apprentices and trainees, and it’s something we’ll continue to champion through Procure Plus’ Living Wage Plus scheme.
“I worked hard to ensure Procure Plus was among some of the first businesses to adopt the Living Wage in the North West, so it’s an honour to have been recognised for this work.”
Sarah Vero, acting director at the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Congratulations to Ann-Marie on being named the Leadership Award winner for the North West region. The voices of people are at the heart of our organisation, and it is wonderful to have Ann-Marie leading the way in the Manchester. We want to celebrate the individuals making a real difference to families and communities across the UK. Thank you very much for championing the Living Wage.”
The Living Wage Foundation wants to celebrate the huge and diverse group of people who support the Living Wage Campaign, including the employers who choose to pay the rate on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
The Living Wage Plus is an enhanced rate of pay introduced by Procure Plus that sees first year apprentices receive a minimum of £4.57 per hour, £1.84 more per hour than the official minimum wage for the training roles, while second years receive £5.90 per hour.
One Leadership Award winner has been named in each region of the UK: Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the East Midlands; the West Midlands; the East of England; Yorkshire and the Humber; North East England; North West England; South East England; South West England; and London.
The awards were judged by an independent panel of community leaders from Citizens UK, national community organising charity and home of the Living Wage campaign.