Cheshire West and Chester Council company Vivo Care Choices has once again committed to paying the Local Living Wage (LLW) to all its staff.

As the cost of living increases, many families are struggling to pay for the basics – heating their homes or putting enough food on the table – so the LLW asks employers to lead the way and make west Cheshire a place where everyone can earn a decent living.

The services Vivo has provided for people with learning disabilities and autism, as well as older people, has never been more important during the COVID-19 pandemic and staff have been at the very heart of that support.

The LLW for April 2021 to March 2022 has now increased to £9.50 per hour for those aged 18 and over in line with the real cost of living for employees and their families in the borough.

After signing up to the LLW a couple of years back, Vivo has confirmed its ongoing commitment to the initiative to help make west Cheshire a better place for everyone to live.

Alistair Jeffs, Managing Director of Vivo, said: “We want to be an employer of choice, offering a work culture and workplace environment that attracts and retains high-quality staff.

“Our staff have always gone above and beyond and that’s only been highlighted further during the pandemic, which has been challenging for us all.

“Recognising and valuing the importance of the role played by care staff is key and paying a decent, fair wage is one of many ways we’re aiming to achieve this.

“As well as paying the LLW, we invest a lot of time and effort into the development of our staff so they have all the skills and expertise needed to carry out their roles effectively and grow in both their professional and personal lives.

“We want to be an integral part of the local community, creating many benefits for the people we support, and having the best workforce possible is imperative.”