Tackling low pay and in-work poverty

06 May 2019
  • 20% of London’s workforce is paid below the London Living Wage
  • 27% of Londoners live below the poverty line after housing costs
  • 58% of Londoners in poverty live in a working family [1]

Work is no longer a sure route out of poverty. A typical Londoner in financial difficulty is likely to be in a working family. But many jobs in London are part-time or poorly paid. And with more and more people living in costly private rented accommodation, families may be relying on in-work benefits to make ends meet.

The London Assembly Economy Committee will tomorrow examine the complex relationship between low pay, the flexible labour market and living standards and will ask what the Mayor can do to lift more people out of poverty.

The guests are:

  • Manny Hothi, Director of Policy, Trust for London
  • Sam Gurney, Regional Secretary, Trade Union Council, London, East & South East
  • Amy Hulme, Senior Programme Manager, London Living Wage Foundation
  • Economist from the Low Pay Commission

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 7 May at 10.00am in Committee Room 5, at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or on our YouTube channel.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and tweet about the meeting using #AssemblyEconomy and #lowpay


Notes to editors

  1. Figures from London Datastore; Trust for London Poverty profile 2017
  2. Read the agenda papers.
  3. Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Economy Committee is available for interview. 
  4. Find out more about the London Assembly Economy Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Giles Broadbent on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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