Cllr Jon Davies is the Policy Lead for the Living Wage and a councillor in Prince’s ward.
This is Living Wage Week and on Monday our Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced that the London Living Wage will be going up to £10.85 an hour (an increase of 10p per hour). Whilst for some this may not seem much; this makes a huge difference for many workers and has a positive impact on the local economy here in Lambeth.
We are proud in Lambeth to have played a leading role in pushing for a real living wage for all. Lambeth Council has been a Living Wage accredited employer since 2012 with over 99% of its contractors paying above the Living Wage rate. Last year Lambeth Council opened the UK’s first ‘Living Wage Building’, International House in Brixton that houses local charities, social enterprises and businesses that all pay above £10.75 an hour. We have worked closely with our Business Improvement Districts and big employers in the borough, scoring some big successes with our major health partners, including Guy’s St. Thomas’, King’s, and South London and the Maudsley mental health trust all gaining Living Wage Employer Accreditation.
Most recently in a join campaign with our Labour colleagues in Southwark and Lewisham, we have persuaded the Co-op Food Group to commit to the London Living Wage for all its employees. Councillors from the three boroughs will come together virtually this evening to celebrate this commitment.
As a Living Wage Council, we have been fighting continuously throughout lockdown for an increase in the pay of key workers – these workers are vital pillars of our society, without whom, as this crisis has shown, we would crumble deserve at the very least to all be paid a true living wage for the outstanding work they do. We applaud and continue to join the lobbying and campaigning of our trade union colleagues, fighting for the correct protection equipment for social care workers and bus drivers alike, so that all our front line workers can carry out their essential duties safely.
Cllr Jon Davies