Care workers in Exeter are celebrating a pay rise after their employer adopted a new Living Wage policy.
Family-owned home care provider Sunshine Care has initiated a new pay structure under which all staff receive an hourly pay rate above the Living Wage threshold.
The Living Wage is determined as the minimum income necessary for someone to be able to afford the basics for a good quality of life, such as housing, food, transport, healthcare, utilities and some recreation pursuits.
It is currently set at £7.45 per hour – equivalent to an annual salary of around £14,300 – above the legal minimum wage of £6.19 an hour for employees aged 21 or over.
Paul Constantine, director of Sunshine Care, said: "The Living Wage is something that has benefited a number of people across the region and we are delighted to have implemented this new pay scheme."
Exeter City Council is also signed up to the scheme and is campaigning for other employers to follow its lead.