Dear Jon 6-Oct-2019 (See also response from Jon Matthews below)
We were earlier in touch about the Penzance Citizens Panel and I know you were very positive about this initiative.
Earlier on, as part of my efforts to prepare the ground for the citizens panel and gather together key information, I wrote separate letters to four board members of VISIT Cornwall asking about the Real Living Wage (£9 per hour outside London). You can see the letter to Jill Stein, the chair of Visit Cornwall. Below that letter you will also see the response from Malcolm Bell, the CEO of Visit Cornwall.
You will see that Malcolm Bell has agreed to promote the Real Living Wage (£9 per hour outside London) among his members. I have shared this correspondence with panel members and after a short discussion, they have asked whether you can do the same? Perhaps you could share this letter and table an agenda item at the next Penzance Tourist Association about the Real Living Wage?
Malcolm Bell has also offered to come and speak and he is keen to widen the debate on this issue as well as training and best practice in the tourist sector.
You will be aware of the seasonal nature of tourism in Cornwall and how this often means low paid, part time work. This can leave people in debt, leading to rent arrears and possible eviction. At present Eviction by private landlords remains the biggest cause of homelessness in Cornwall
In saying all this we are not seeking to judge or blame but to trigger a conversation and the panel is fully aware that the hospitality sector is central to the success of our local economy providing as it does, much needed jobs and income. Our interest is to explore with you how jobs can be more secure and better paid
We do hope that you can share this letter with your members and let us have a response in due course.
On behalf of the Penzance Citizens Panel
Letter also shared with leading hotels in Penzance
Response from Jon Matthews (abridged to remove personal details):
Apologies for the delay in replying
It will be great to speak with Malcolm on this and it’s overdue that I speak to him so would be good to take this forward.
I’ve just taken a roll on as a director of Jubilee Pool and they are a living wage employer. I’m sure with Malcolm’s direction and support we would be able to show local businesses that they can retain great happy employees whilst being seen a an ethical business if they adopt a positive wage strategy
I can pop up to see Malcolm before he comes to a Tourism Members meeting if that helps