Low Pay Commission consultation

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2019
Reference: 
2019/14474
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Did you respond to the Low Pay Commission’s consultation into the National Minimum Wage from 2020, and if so, can you share a copy with me?

Answer

Low Pay Commission consultation

Low Pay Commission consultation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I didn't respond to the Low Pay Commission's consultation on this occasion. I am vocal in my support for the real Living Wage rate which is a higher than the minimum wage rate the Government is consulting on. Unlike the Living Wage Foundation's rates, it is not calculated according to the cost of living and is, therefore, lower than what people need to afford a decent standard of living.

Last month my statutory Deputy Mayor, Joanne McCartney represented the GLA at a meeting of the Living Wage Commission. This is the decision-making forum considering how to incorporate policy changes and new sources of data into the calculation of the real Living Wage, including the London Living Wage.