Impact of gender pay gap on proportion of rent paid on rent

Committed By: 
The Mayor


Sian Berry AM:  However, as a woman, I know that women earn less than men on average.  London has the largest gender pay gap of any region.  Twice as many women as men in London are paying more than half of their income on rent.


Will the work you do on this calculate separately what the implications of the pay gap are for defining a “living rent” for women in the city?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  The work that the officers are doing is in relation to the various living rents around London, working closely with local authorities and others.  We have not factored in the point you raise in relation to disaggregating the fact that a woman gets on average 81% of the salary a man gets.  Let me look into that because it is a really important point and we need to make sure that we do not inadvertently not give the benefits to Londoners who are women that I intend to give to men.


Sian Berry AM:  Thank you.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Can I come back to you on that?  Can we talk about that and maybe what we can do to address that?


Sian Berry AM:  I would be happy to.