MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you confirm what work you are doing to increase the take-up of the London Living Wage and would you agree that increasing pay for people on low and middle-incomes in London is a sensible way of increasing income tax receipts while reducing welfare spending on Working Tax Credits and other in-work benefits, which could make a sizeable contribution to the Government's deficit reduction plans that are otherwise resulting in significant cuts to local government spending in London?


Answer for Pay

Answer for Pay

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am continuing to write to business leaders to encourage adoption of the London Living Wage, followed up by my officers and those of the Living Wage Foundation. I also regularly make representations in face-to-face meetings with businesses, in addition to raise the issue in various speaking engagements. Among the benefits to the expansion of the London Living Wage is that increasing numbers of Londoners receive a fair day’s pay. The primary argument to employers is the tangible benefits in terms of increased productivity, improved staff morale and loyalty.