Brent Council accredited as living wage employer

27 August 2020

Text reads: London Living Wage Employer

For the seventh year in a row, Brent Council has received accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation, confirming its status as a London Living Wage Employer. The council has been a London Living Wage employer since 2013.

The real Living Wage is calculated based on actual living costs to make sure that a person's earnings meet the cost of rent, childcare, travel, food and household bills. The London rate is higher to take into account the higher costs of housing in the capital.

Accreditation means that the council has voluntarily committed to:

  • Paying the real London Living Wage to all directly employed staff over the age of 18.
  • Ensuring all third-party contracted and sub-contracted regular, on-site staff are paid the real London Living Wage.
  • Increasing the wages of these groups to the Living Wage within six months of any rise in the calculated Living Wage rates.

The accreditation is valid for one year, until August 2021.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said: "We believe that people deserve a fair day's pay for a hard day's work. As a big local employer we're leading by example, and we're incredibly proud of the local organisations that have done the same. The likes of Lexi Cinema, Brent Mencap, and Newman Catholic College deserve a big congratulations for their own accreditations.

"Brent's Poverty Commission showed the impact poverty has on our communities, so we're calling on more employers to step up and sign up to paying the London Living Wage."

It comes as Brent's independent Poverty Commission calls on the council to do more to boost the income and employment prospects for local people.

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