West Midlands Fire and Rescue plans living wage rise
The lowest paid staff at West Midlands Fire and Rescue are set for a rise in their salary with plans to introduce the living wage.
It means 62 members of staff would see wages rise to £7.85 an hour, compared with the national minimum wage of £6.50 for people over 21.
The fire service said it would cost about £70,000 a year and provision had been made in the 2015/16 budget.
Proposals will go before West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority on Monday.
It follows a plan put forward by the Unison trade union last year.
Councillor John Edwards, chairman of the fire authority, said it would affect mainly female members of staff - the equivalent of 38 full-time staff.
More than 270 jobs have been lost over the last four years as part of £22m cuts in government funding, although the service started recruitment once again at the end of last year.