An increase of the London Living Wage to £9.75 per hour has been warmly welcomed in the borough, as the council continues in its bid to get more employers to receive their Living Wage accreditation.
The announcement of the increase, which marked the start of Living Wage Week, was made by London Mayor Sadiq Khan at a special event with the Living Wage Foundation at the British Library, and was quickly praised by Brent Council.
Cllr Roxanne Mashari, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills said:
"At Brent Council, we welcome this move by the Living Wage Foundation. It's clear from this increase that now, more than ever, businesses in Brent should embrace the London Living Wage campaign.
The new London Living Wage, which will be in effect until November 2017, is calculated as the minimum amount a person needs to earn to afford a basic standard of living in London.
This growth in the Living Wage shows living expenses in Brent are increasing, and it's crucial that wages rise to match these costs."
Cllr Mashari added:
"Over the past year, many Brent businesses have gained their Living Wage accreditation, and we are extremely grateful for their support, and care for their employees. However, there is still more we can do to ensure that a fair day's work equals a fair pay.
"Brent Council is a Living Wage employer, and offers a business rates discount for the first 100 businesses to become accredited. We will continue to support businesses in Brent to ensure as many as possible become accredited employers."