Royal Blind Introduces Living Wage


Press Release | 24/03/2015

Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation has announced that it will introduce the Living Wage.

Richard HellewellThe Board of charity Royal Blind has said that it will implement the Living Wage for staff as from 1 April. 61 staff members out of a total of 458 will have their wages increased to £7.85 an hour as a consequence, in roles including kitchen and domestic staff, drivers, care assistants and trainee proof readers.

Royal Blind Chief Executive Richard Hellewell (pictured) said:

“I am delighted that Royal Blind is becoming a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage will make a real difference to many of our employees. It should also have business benefits in terms of staff recruitment, retention and well being.”

The majority of staff that will benefit from the charity implementing the Living Wage work at the Royal Blind School and Braeside House, Royal Blind’s care home for elderly people with a visual impairment.

In January Royal Blind announced the acquisition of land in Paisley to construct a second care home as well as a veteran’s centre for its sister charity Scottish War Blinded. The Living Wage will support the recruitment of staff in the charity’s new developments as well as its existing services in Edinburgh. The charity expects the new services in Paisley to create over 100 jobs.

For more information please contact:

Davina Shiell, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Royal Blind
Tel: 0131 222 2794, Mobile: 07713 987797

Notes to Editors

• Royal Blind is Scotland’s largest charity supporting people with visual impairments. We run a number of services for blind and partially sighted people, the largest of which is the Royal Blind School. Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives. 

The Living Wage Foundation states that paying the Living Wage is good for business, the individual and for society. The Foundation quotes an independent study that found that:

- More than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff
- Absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%
- Two thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation
- 75% of employees reported increases in work quality as a result of receiving the Living Wage.