Canterbury Cathedral is fully committed to introducing the Living Wage for all of its staff but the current economic conditions prevent us from so doing immediately. The Living Wage Commission, chaired by the Archbishop of York, recognised in its report last year that not everybody may be able to pay the Living Wage immediately and it has called for 1 million more employees to earn a Living Wage by 2020.
We are looking at our budgets to find ways of progressing towards all staff being paid the Living Wage. We have, for example, to balance any wage increases against the huge cost of repairs to the building and the large amount of repair work that is required. However, all staff at Canterbury Cathedral will receive the Living Wage by 2018.
The final report of the Living Wage Commission may be found at http://livingwagecommission.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Work-that-pays_The-Final-Report-of-The-Living-Wage-Commission_w-4.pdf.