Brent welcomes Living Wage increase

7 November 2018

A 35p increase in the London Living Wage will help to ensure a "fair day's work leads to a fair day's pay" according to Brent Council who have welcomed the rise.

 

The London Living Wage is now £10.55 an hour and is based on the best available evidence about everyday living costs and how much someone needs to earn to get by.

 

It is different to the government's 'National Living Wage' - which is a new name given to the old Minimum Wage - which is £7.83 an hour.

 

Cllr Amer Agha, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Employment and Skills said:

 

"We have long been a champion for the London Living Wage, ensuring that all staff on our payroll are paid it as a minimum and we were also the first council in the country to offer business rates discounts for those employers in the borough who did the same.

 

"The fact is many hard-working people on low wages struggle to make ends meet and it is the responsibility of all employers to do everything possible to ensure that a fair day's work leads to a fair day's pay, and so I welcome this increase which will help those on lower incomes with rising living costs."

 

In 2014, Brent became the first council in the country to offer a reduction on business rates of up to £5,000 for employers who were accredited with the London Living Wage foundation - something the council is keen to see more businesses in the borough take advantage of.

 

Cllr Agha added:

 

"We know that there are Brent businesses out there that are paying the London Living Wage, but they haven't got themselves accredited and so can't get the business rates discount.


"We want those employers to get themselves accredited with the London Living Wage foundation so that they can receive a discount on their business rates, and those not paying the London Living Wage to seriously consider doing so.

 

"As an accredited London Living Wage Employer with the Living Wage Foundation ourselves, we know that paying the London Living Wage makes great business sense as it incentivises staff, it helps to recruit and retain the best people and also helps to reduce absenteeism."

 

If you are an employer paying the London Living Wage and would like some help in getting accredited with the London Living Wage Foundation, email business@brent.gov.uk or visit www.brent.gov.uk/brentforbusiness

 

There are 30 Living Wage Foundation accredited employers in Brent, excluding national companies not headquartered in the borough such as Barclays and Lidl who pay at least the London Living Wage to staff working in Brent. They are:

  • Advice4Renters

  • Al-Ayn

  • Ark Academy

  • Ashford place

  • Bang Edutainment Ltd

  • Brent Council

  • Brent CVS

  • Brent Mencap

  • Convent of Jesus and Mary College

  • Egress Technology

  • Flannery Plant Hire

  • Focus Furnishing

  • Granger Hertzog Ltd

  • Greenkit Film Lighting

  • Grey and Co Estate Agents

  • Killigrew King Ltd

  • Kinetic Natural Products

  • Lamabuild

  • Lexi Cinema (Space Man Ltd)

  • Luckies and Co

  • New York Pilates

  • Newman Catholic College

  • Professional Accountancy Tutors

  • Rype Office Ltd

  • Stage Technologies

  • Synergy Vision

  • Wembley Primary School

  • Willesden Church of God

  • Wonderbuild Inc Ltd

  • Yusuf Islam Foundation