London Living Wage (5)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0108
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

While it is welcome that some London councils are accredited employers, there is of course the anomaly that their outsourced social care staff are rarely paid the London Living Wage. Will you use your Congress of Leaders meetings to not only get more boroughs on board but also to promote a united, cross-party London voice to national government to take this problem more seriously?

Answer

Answer for London Living Wage (5)

Answer for London Living Wage (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Where local authorities are accredited Living Wage employers they must pay all directly employed staff the London Living Wage (LLW), and have a plan in place for all contracted staff.    Where an employer has made a firm commitment to the LLW, but they are mid contract and not able to break the contract, a phased accreditation process is put in place.

I raised the London Living Wage at Congress Executive in November, calling on those boroughs not already doing so to pay the LLW. I have long championed the LLW and sought to promote it to employers in both the public and private sector in London, and will continue to use my influence to urge local authorities to seek accreditation to the LLW scheme.