The Poverty Alliance, supported by the Carnegie UK Trust, is inviting applications from researchers to carry out a study to explore the potential for establishing a new model whereby a town, city or region can officially be recognised as a ‘Living Wage Place’.

The number of Living Wage Employers (LWE) is now in excess of 3000 across the UK with well over 700 in Scotland. Since the establishment of the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative, the proportion of UK LWEs based in Scotland has doubled, making Scotland the fastest growing area in the UK in terms of LWEs.

Across the UK, discussions have taken place on how local places can become a Living Wage town, city or region. In Scotland, the publication of the Fairer Fife Commission report in November 2015 and the Dundee Fairness Commission report in May 2016 called for a Living Wage region/city to be explored as a key priority. There has also been interest in the idea of developing Living Wage cities and regions in Perth, Renfrewshire, and the Isle of Arran. To date, however, there has been no consensus on precisely what it would mean to be a ‘Living Wage Place’.

SLWAI, on behalf of The Poverty Alliance wish to commission a feasibility study to identify a series of possible models for a Living Wage Place recognition system, to develop a set of robust criteria against which these models can be assessed and to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each model.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 22 May 2017.

For more information about the tender, download the Invitation to Tender here.