London Living Wage (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2466
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

On 2 May 2015 the Spectator published an interview with you, in which you are claimed to have said that companies that do not pay the London Living Wage should not be given government contracts. Given that your response to question 2015/1931 outlined that the GLA and TfL both issue contracts to companies with no requirement for them to pay the London Living Wage (which you also have no intention of changing), can you outline how this is not hypocritical?

Answer

Answer for London Living Wage (2)

Answer for London Living Wage (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA and TfL are accredited London Living Wage employers, which mean we pay the wage to our employees in accordance with the Living Wage Foundation's guidelines. 

However, it would not yet be practical to make LLW accreditation mandatory for every recipient of GLA funding. I have said that I want paying the LLW to become the norm for businesses, and so I think it could become practical to set such a condition in future.

I have urged every Government department to follow our lead and become LLW accredited.