London Living Wage

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4263
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What work have you undertaken in the past year to make the Living Wage the norm in London by 2020?

Answer

Answer for London Living Wage

Answer for London Living Wage

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the past year alone, the number of accredited London Living Wage employers has doubled to 429. I'm proud that we have far exceeded my manifesto commitment to reach 250 employers in this term.

I have written to over 100 businesses, primarily in the retail, culture and football sectors, in addition to a number of FTSE 100 targets. These letters have been proactively followed up by GLA officers and the Living Wage Foundation, with the offer of meeting to discuss accreditation and offer guidance on the process.

I continue to raise the issue of the London Living Wage and strongly advocate for its introduction in all my meetings with business leaders and at relevant speaking engagements. I also raised this with members of my International Business Advisory Council (IBAC) meeting earlier this year.

On my behalf, my Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, Kit Malthouse, has actively and repeatedly lobbied fast food chains and hostels, speaking on their staff meetings on the LLW.

During Living Wage Week, I visited Kaffeine, an independent coffee shop and small business who became accredited this year, showing that we are reaching new sectors.

As a result, together with the hard work of the Living Wage Foundation, the London Living Wage has reached new sectors and employers of all types and size in the past year.