Living wage ambition

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0668
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You told me in May 2013 that you "could do better" than your manifesto pledge of signing up 250 companies as accredited Living Wage Employers by 2016. But Investment & Performance Board papers show that your officers are still working to that low target. Will you set a much more ambitious target for 2016 in your next business plan?

Answer

Answer for Living wage ambition

Answer for Living wage ambition

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is true that progress has been strong in increasing the number of employers who pay the Living Wage. We now have 263 fully accredited living wage employers in London. Our primary focus in the coming year is to encourage a growing number of private sector employers to commit to paying the London Living Wage. I am working with the Living Wage Foundation to devise a work plan and priority actions for both organisations in the coming months and years. This will be launched in June. Officers will be working to broaden the types of businesses who are accredited, with particular emphasis on the retail and hospitality sectors. I have stated in my 2020 Vision that my ambition is for the Living Wage to be the norm in London by this time.