Belsize Village, London, 30 September 2014: Ethical home care provider Penrose Care has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2014.
The awards recognise Living Wage employers that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.
The Living Wage Foundation offers a recognition mark for employers that commit to paying the Living Wage. There are now over 900 accredited employers.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Penrose Care managing director, Robert Stephenson-Padron said:
“We at Penrose Care are honoured to be shortlisted as a Living Wage Champion. Since becoming one of the first four Accredited Living Wage Employers in the home care sector in 2012, we have shown that an ethical foundation to care leads to higher quality staff and low staff turnover which results in excellent services. In the care sector that supports the most vulnerable in our society, Penrose Care believes ethics is especially important and we see paying the London Living Wage as an important component of our ethical foundation.”
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said:
“I would like to send huge congratulations to Penrose Care on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards. The commitment of Living Wage Employers to responsible pay makes a real difference to families and communities across the country. We look forward to celebrating this even further when announcing the winners of the Awards during Living Wage Week.”
The Award Winners will be announced during Living Wage Week 2014, with one winner announced for each region of the UK: Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the East Midlands; the West Midlands; the East of England; Yorkshire and the Humber; North East England; North West England; South East England; South West England; and London.
The awards are judged by an independent panel of community leaders from the Citizens UK Living Wage campaign.
Living Wage Foundation
Emma Kosmin, firstname.lastname@example.org 0207 043 9882
Robert Stephenson-Padron, email@example.com 207 435 2644
Notes to Editors
About the Living Wage Foundation
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
The London Living Wage is currently £8.80 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Greater London Authority and covers all boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £7.65 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.
The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 850 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.
About Penrose Care
Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia. The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter.
Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.
Link to the Living Wage Foundation’s announcement: http://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-champion-awards-2014
The organisations short-listed in the London region are:
Communications Workers Union
Enhance Office Cleaning Ltd, London
Faucet Inn, London
Grant Thornton UK LLP, London
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London
Julius Rutherfoord, London
London Borough of Islington, London
London Legacy Development Corporation, London
Middlesex University Students’ Union, London
Penrose Care, London
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, London
Southwark Council, London
Table Talk and Blue Strawberry, London
Thames Cleaning & Support Services Ltd, London