London,
31
October
2016
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16:26
Europe/London

Camden Council joins Mayor of London to mark new London Living Wage

Leader of Camden Council, Councillor Sarah Hayward, joined Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as he announced the London Living Wage rate for 2016-17 (Monday, 31 October 2016).

Mayor Khan revealed the London Living Wage for 2016-17 will be £9.75 per hour, an increase of 35p from the current rate. The UK Living Wage rate is £8.45 per hour.

Camden Council became one of London’s first boroughs to be accredited as a London Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation in 2012. The accreditation demonstrates the Council’s commitment to tackling poverty pay and investing in those areas which will have the biggest impact on the lives of its most vulnerable residents.

The ceremony at the British Library also featured testimonies on the impact of the Living Wage on the lives of London families from pupils from La Sainte Union Catholic School, Highgate. A choir from the school also entertained a packed auditorium, many of whom were Living Wage employers.

Today’s announcement began this year's Living Wage Week, which runs until Saturday 5 November, in earnest.

Cllr Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council
“Camden Council is proud to have been one of the first boroughs in the city to be accredited as a London Living Wage Employer and we welcome the new, increased rate of pay.  Guaranteeing that our staff are paid at least the London Living Wage demonstrates our commitment to tackling poverty pay and linked issues of inequality, and ensures that Camden remains a borough where everyone has a chance to succeed and no-one gets left behind.”
Cllr Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council