MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With regards to your responses to questions 2015/0380 and 2014/5918, would you accept that both the number and proportion of jobs paid less than the London Living Wage has increased in recent years, while real terms pay is also lower than when you took office?


Answer for Pay

Answer for Pay

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The number of organisations paying the LLW has risen from less than 30 at the beginning of 2008 to over 500 accredited employers by February 2015. I continue to champion London's Living Wage and I want it to be the norm in London by 2020.

In addition to promoting the LLW, I have also introduced a number of measures to help Londoners cope with a rise in the cost of living. These include:

       Reducing my share of the Council Tax;

       Retrofitting a total of 103,000 homes with energy efficiency measures through RE:NEW, thus saving on energy bills;

       Freezing fares in real terms for 2015 - TfL have also reviewed the daily fares cap, giving flexible and part-time workers, including those with unpredictable hours, access to lower fares;

       Allowing the Freedom Pass to be used on all TfL services in the morning peak;

       Protecting the Freedom Pass for Londoners over 60;

       Introducing concessions for apprentices; and

       Introducing free travel for disabled war veterans and armed forces personnel in uniform.

Unemployment in London has also reduced in London over the course of my mayoralty and by Q3 in 2014, the number of jobs in London rose by 693,000 to reach an all-time high of 5.58 million. I believe it is right that people have the opportunity to find work in the capital, but those who are employed should be paid the LLW.