Brent Council supports London Living Wage week

9 November 2020

Brent Council is supporting London Living Wage week, from 9-13 November, and joins the campaign to encourage businesses to become London Living Wage employers.

The council has been an accredited London Living Wage Employer for seven years in a row, from 2013.

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 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.

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.

“We know what it’s a tough time for many people and want to do everything we can to help.

“Brent’s recent Poverty Commission report 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.”

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