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Liberal Judaism: the First Synagogal Movement to Become Living Wage Accredited

4th December 2013

Liberal Judaism has become the first synagogal movement in the UK to receive official accreditation as a Living Wage employer. This means that everyone employed by the central movement is paid at least a Living Wage.

The Living Wage Foundation, which administers the accreditation, recognises that the UK's minimum wage is not enough to live on, and sets a new standard wage which must be paid in order for a worker to support themselves and their family. In the UK the hourly Living Wage is set as £7.65; in London it is £8.80. This is in comparison with the current UK minimum wage of £6.61, which makes no allowance for geographical variations in the cost of living.

Liberal Judaism is now encouraging all of its constituent communities to achieve accreditation in their own right; many of them are already very advanced in this process. The movement's accreditation comes as part of its collaboration with Citizens UK.

Commenting on the accreditation, the chair of Liberal Judaism's Rabbinic Conference, Rabbi Charley Baginsky, said: "Liberal Judaism has always seen itself as inheriting the work of the Prophets and social action is therefore at the heart of this. However, like the Prophets we are very clear that we have to play an active role in transforming vision into reality; ideology is meaningless without its accompanying action. Ensuring that we are a Living Wage employer is just one step in a long journey towards helping to build a better world for all its inhabitants."

Find out more about the Living Wage by clicking here.