Fair work practices and the award of public contracts : statutory guidance

Guidance to help public bodies evaluate fair work practices, including the Living Wage, when selecting tenderers and awarding contracts.

Annex B Definitions

The " Living Wage" is-

a rate of pay which is sufficient to ensure that the recipient may enjoy an acceptable standard of living. The rate will be different for different places reflecting different costs of living. In the UK the rate is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually by the Living Wage Foundation and calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University', more information is available here - - and is consistent with the definition provided in Section 15(7) of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

"Human rights standards" -

include not only the standards guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights through the Human Rights Act, but also those guaranteed under other international treaties that the UK has signed. For example, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognises the right of everyone to just and favourable working conditions; in particular fair and equal pay, safe and healthy working conditions and reasonable working hours. International labour standards, set both by the European Union and the International Labour Organisation, should also be respected by those who deliver public contracts.


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