Staff Paid Less Than Living Wage

Chris Kelly made this Freedom of Information request to Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust,

Would be grateful if you could please tell me the following:

1) The number of staff employed by the Trust who are paid less than the living wage (which is currently £7.45 an hour).

2) The number of staff who work on the Trust's premises but are employed by a subcontractor or agency who are paid less than the living wage.

(Please note that the living wage is not the same as the minimum wage. The living wage is a measure of poverty. It is possible to be paid more than the minimum wage but still be paid less than the living wage.)

Yours faithfully,

Chris Kelly

Bishop David, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Kelly,


Thank you for your request for information received on 26/03/2013. It has
been allocated the reference number FOI-2013-1448 and is being dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


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Sadler Carl, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Kelly,  


With regards to your recent Freedom of Information request which was
allocated the reference number 1448 please find attached the response from
Alder Hey Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Yours sincerely,


Information Governance Team

IM&T Department


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Dear Carl,

Thank you for your response.

You say that the Trust does not know how many staff working for contractors or agencies are paid less than the living wage.

In the public consultation document about the hospital rebuild, the Trust stated that:

"We believe that nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of our children and young people."

Given this, has the Trust not considered adopting a living wage policy - for instance, having a commitment to only awarding contracts to organisations which are recognised living wage employers, so that we know that the staff and their children are not living in poverty, nor suffering from the appalling effects upon health and wellbeing that living in poverty entails?

Yours sincerely,