London Living Wage
This special initiative was set up at the end of 2008 and developed from our commitment to challenge the unacceptable level of in-work poverty and poor working conditions that many Londoners experience. In partnership with London Citizens, the work will drive forward campaign work and promote the Living Wage Employer Scheme to a greater number of employers. It also includes research into the cost and benefits of adopting a living wage in order to strengthen the business case.
To increase awareness and implementation of a London living wage as means to achieve a better standard of living and quality of life of those living in poverty.
- Increase the number of low-paid workers (an additional 37,000) earning a living wage in London.
- Empower low-paid workers so they are central to the campaign.
- Secure additional financial benefits of at least £111 million in wages for employees.
- Develop a Living Wage Unit to increase and monitor the number of employers signing up to become living wage employers.
- Critically assess the cost and benefits of adopting a living wage policy including utilising research data and existing models of good practice in order to develop a business case for employers which may be part of their overall commitment to corporate social responsibility.
- Increase the number of living wage employers to include their commitment to the living wage as part of their public documents and publicity.
- Influence future social and economic policy in relation to the living wage, particularly in relation to Government and political parties.
Trust for London has invested nearly £1 million in the initiative, which has three elements:
Campaining - in total, London Citizens was awarded £850,000, over four years, for campaign work in the higher education, retail and public sectors and to establish a Living Wage Foundation to promote and accredit the Living Wage Employer Scheme.
Research - Queen Mary, University of London has been awarded a commission of £80,000, over two years, to undertake independent research on the longer-term impact and potential benefits to employers and employees of a living wage. Central to the research will be findings from seven sets of comparative case studies across key sectors (to include living wage and non-living wage employers) on the cost and benefits of implementing a living wage. It is hoped the research will help strengthen and develop a business case model.
Evaluation - Cambridge Policy Consultants have been commissioned to undertake a four-year piece of evaluation to explore and assess the overall impact of the Living Wage special initiative.
2009 - 2013
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