Paying workers a living wage is ‘morally’ right, parish councillors have said.
Quedgeley Parish Council employees currently receive the minimum wage, which musters in at just £6.31 per hour.
But from April 1 they will receive a wage boost after councillors approved a plan to put them all on the living wage, which is £7.45 per hour.
The plan will cost taxpayers £8,000 per year on top of the council’s existing budget for salaries.
But councillors said they had a ‘moral’ duty to pay the living wage for all of their workers.
Vice chairman Graham Smith said: “The parish council can say that we are setting a precedent among local organisations by paying all of our employees the living wage.
“Our budget can withstand the increase. It is not something we have to do but morally we should because it shows we are looking after our employees and setting a good example for others.”
Quedgeley Parish Council will now apply for national accreditation to show that it is leading the way with the living wage.
It is a campaign that has garnered wider support within the county in recent weeks and months.
The council is the latest organisation to announce it would increase salaries to reflect the National Living Wage.
Gloucestershire County Council recently agreed to provide the living wage for 119 of its 900 workers who currently earn less than that level. It was seen as a major step forward in improving work conditions and it was hoped by campaigners that it would encourage other businesses and organisations to follow suit.
In November, businesses and trade unions in Gloucestershire signed a groundbreaking agreement in support of paying the Living Wage to employees in the county.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady and Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, put their names to a joint declaration urging employers to pay their staff at least the living wage.
In October staff from the University of Gloucestershire went on strike as it emerged many workers earn below the living wage level.