Living Wage Efforts

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4288
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As per the London Assembly Economy Committee's 'Fair Pay' report's fifth recommendation, have you targeted 30 catering and hospitality employers and 30 high street retailers? Will you now report on instances where your contact has contributed to Living Wage accreditation? Have you, along with the Living Wage Foundation, developed a cohort of 20 employer champions across low-pay sectors?

Answer

Answer for Living Wage Efforts

Answer for Living Wage Efforts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I welcomed the Assembly Economy Committee's recommendations, many of which have been implemented. I wrote to 46 major retailers this summer to encourage them to adopt the London Living Wage. These letters have been proactively followed up jointly by GLA and Living Wage Foundation officers. This contact has led to positive meetings with many employers, and accreditations.

The Living Wage Foundation also suggested that 2015 is a more appropriate timescale to proactively target hospitality employers, though a number have already become accredited in the past year. The Foundation has developed a cohort of employer champions in various sectors, including those characterised by low pay, though this work is still in progress.