Wales’ First Police Force Commit to the real Living Wage

Police and Crime Commissioner and Temporary Chief Constable confirm Dyfed-Powys Police is accredited a Real Living Wage Employer

At the beginning of Living Wage week this week, Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn and Temporary Chief Constable Claire Parmenter have confirmed that Dyfed-Powys Police has been formally accredited as a living wage employer, becoming the first Police Force in Wales to be accredited.

As a Living Wage Employer, all staff, officers and contractors working for the Force, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 which is significantly higher than the government’s minimum for over 18s, which is currently £6.56 per hour.

At the Living Wage Week Wales Launch event on Monday 15th of November, organised by Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, Citizens Cymru Wales and the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team, both PCC Dafydd Llywelyn and T/CC Claire Parmenter confirmed their commitment and presented details of the steps they have taken to ensure the Force became an accredited employer.

During the week, the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn will be speaking at three different events, which include at local level in West Wales, as well as a Wales and UK national events.
There are currently 359 accredited employers in Wales, and Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn hopes that all employers will take the necessary steps to becoming accredited.

“Earlier this year I made the decision that both my Office, and Dyfed-Powys Police would become real Living Wage employer. Sadly, in work poverty continues to be an issue in the UK and is an acute problem here in Wales. One way to respond to this problem is to ensure a real living wage is provided not only to directly employed staff but to those support workers often subcontracted to provide a particular service. Leaders in the Public Sector in particular I believe, have a duty of care to become real living wage employers, and I am proud that my Office and the Police Force here in Dyfed-Powys have taken this pledge. Our directly employed staff are paid above the level of £9.50 per hour (to go up to £9.90 by next May), quoted and independently calculated as the real living wage, but we have embarked on ensuring that within our contracted and procured services the minimum requirement is upheld. It is important for me that we are seen as a fair employer that values those working for us in any capacity. I hope that by demonstrating my leadership in this way, I will positively influence other employers nationally and within my area to follow our lead in becoming a real living wage employer.”

Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner, Dyfed-Powys Police

“This is an extremely proud moment for us here in Dyfed Powys Police, as our staff are at the heart of what we do in serving our communities and have strived to deliver a first class service during a challenging 18 months. This accreditation reaffirms our commitment to aligning the pay of our staff to the actual cost of living, whilst also ensuring Dyfed Powys Police remains an attractive employer to both our current and future employees, as well as those workers who will be subcontracted to provide a particular service.”

Claire Parmenter, Temporary Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police

“We are really pleased that Dyfed Powys Police Force and Commissioner’s Office have led the way for the public sector in mid and west Wales. Their accreditation will impact not just on their employers’ wages, but on those that they work closely with, and will hopefully shine a light on the fair work agenda across the region. We hope this will encourage more accreditations, helping to eradicate in-work poverty and strengthen the local economy. Llongyfarchiadau!”

Sarah Hopkins, Director of Cynnal Cymru, the Living Wage accreditation body for Wales

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