Dear Wirral Borough Council
Re: Wirral Council Social Value Approach Guidance and the use of the Real living Wage figure for assessing and agreeing the rates paid for Social Care commissioned and provided by the Private and Charitable sectors
Section 1.4 of the guidance document states: In accordance with the Raising living standards, pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage and wherever possible make a contractual requirement for those who deliver services on behalf of the Council. The Council is committed to and pays the ‘Real’ Living Wage for all employees and Apprentices.
The need to apply this figure has been assessed as being independently-calculated each year by the Living Wage Foundation, and is based on what employees and their families need to live, as compared with the lower rate National Living Wage which was introduced by Government in April 2016.
Can you please confirm that this is the figure which is being used to calculate the amount that the Council will pay for private and charitable organisations commissioned to provide social care on their behalf, and if not why not?