New Council administration pledges to uphold London’s living wage requirement in all new town hall contracts

Cllr Simon Hogg, who leads the majority party on Wandsworth Council, said any new council contracts signed with outside companies would include requirements that they pay their staff an improved level of pay.

His commitment to raising wages for people who provide a range of crucial frontline services will support the lowest paid workers struggling to make ends meet in the cost of living crisis.

Cllr Hogg said: “We are committed to ensuring that anyone working on a consultancy contract at Wandsworth receives a decent wage for a decent day’s work.

“This includes the people who do some of the toughest and most challenging work in the borough, including those who clean our streets, collect our waste and recycle and care for the sick and elderly in care homes. .

“There is no moral justification for paying people less, especially at a time when household bills are skyrocketing and families are struggling. Under my administration, any firm bidding for a consultancy contract will have to guarantee that its workforce is paid at least London’s living wage.

Cllr Hogg says his administration will be based on fairness, supporting communities and putting residents at the top of the agenda.

His message comes on the day a new London-wide steering group has been set up to persuade employers across the capital to pay their staff the London Living Wage.

Backed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and a coalition of civil society, business and public organisations, the new ‘Making London a Living Wage City’ project steering group, aims to raise £635 million from wages into the pockets of Londoners and lift tens of thousands of workers out of working poverty by increasing the number of accredited wage and working hours employers in the capital

The steering group will be co-chaired by the Mayor, Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London, and Anna Purchas, Senior Partner in the London office at KPMG. The project, led by Citizens UK and the Living Wage Foundation, has already seen 450 newly accredited employers in London.

Despite a steady rise in the number of employers committing to a living wage in London, low pay remains a big problem in the capital with nearly a fifth of jobs – accounting for 700,000 Londoners who still receive lesser amounts in their wages.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I am proud that since becoming mayor the number of employers who have pledged to pay the London Living Wage has quadrupled – with another 450 signing in the past eight months alone. . But with Londoners facing the cost of living crisis, I am determined to do more to support the lowest paid workers. This is why I will ask the Steering Committee to adopt ambitious new targets for Spring 2024 for the Making London a Living Wage City programme. This includes accrediting 1,000 new Living Wage employers, which will ensure that an additional 50,000 Londoners will be raised to London Living Wage each year.

“Increasing incomes for low-wage workers makes sense – it’s best for employees as well as for the productivity of businesses and organizations as a whole. As mayor, I will continue to do whatever I can to support the lowest paid Londoners as we seek to build a better and fairer London for all.

Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London, said: “Civil society institutions such as churches, mosques, synagogues and community groups are hearing stories from the ground of how workers and their families are struggling to get by on low wages. . We see firsthand how this affects members of our communities and the impact it has on their lives, which is why we need to be part of the solution. Everyone deserves a salary they can use to live on, not just to survive.

Michael A. Bynum