Cllr Jon Davies is Lambeth Council’s London Living Wage Champion, and a councillor in Prince’s ward.
Lambeth is proud to be a Living Wage Borough and today the Living Wage Foundation has announced, using independent economists, the Living Wage rates for next year. Lambeth Council is marking Living Wage Week with a joint celebration with Lewisham and Southwark councils that will showcase south London businesses that have committed to paying their staff the higher rate.
In Lambeth, we’re also proud to be leading the way on the Living Wage. Since 2012 the employment rate in Lambeth has risen to over 84%, the highest in our history. Despite this huge improvement, too many residents are in low paid jobs and struggle to make ends meet, with 18% of residents not being paid a living wage and 36% of children in Lambeth living in poverty.
Lambeth Council became a Living Wage Employer in 2012, ensuring that all Lambeth Council employees are paid the London Living Wage as are employees in 99% of council contracts. Lambeth council also runs a year round campaign to support the Living Wage, offering a business rates discount covering the cost of getting accredited, encouraging its partner organisations to take up the Living Wage, running workspaces across the borough that pay the London Living Wage and hosting London’s largest affordable workspace– Brixton’s International House– where all employers must also be signed up.
As Lambeth Labour Councillors, we want to support our local businesses to thrive and be successful. With thousands of businesses in Lambeth and many more opening over the years, fostering, supporting and promoting the Living Wage is central in our push to tackle the issue and ensure people working in Lambeth don’t find themselves living on the breadline.
I want to thank every business and organisation in the borough that has embraced the living wage agenda. It can make such a difference to people’s lives, as well as providing very real benefits for the businesses themselves, such as increased staff productivity, morale or retention. If you are an employer considering applying for accreditation, you would join 5740 other accredited employers nationally.
Cllr Jon Davies