Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has renewed calls to turn the region into a 'Living Wage City-Region'.

He plans to convene a group of employers, business owners and others to oversee proposals to increase the number of accredited Living Wage Employers across all sectors in all 10 of the city-region’s boroughs.

Mr Burnham said: "I want to celebrate employers who are accredited Living Wage Employers and encourage others to follow their lead, making sure their workers are paid a wage that meets the cost of living.

"I can announce that I will be working with partners across the conurbation over the coming months to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage City-Region.

"I recognise that individual organisations will need to engage with this ambition at their own pace, and that this may prove especially challenging for some in the current environment.

"However, this announcement clearly demonstrates Greater Manchester’s commitment to the real Living Wage and good employment in the city-region – ensuring that our citizens earn enough to make ends meet, creating an inclusive economy and helping us to build back better."

This was said during living wage week this week with Mr Burnham speaking at the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) north west webinar on Monday 9 November.