A new guide released by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows that there are 69 Living Wage employers in Tower Hamlets, ranking the borough 7thin the capital.
CPAG highlights that the five local authority areas with the lowest proportion of jobs paid below the London Living Wage are Tower Hamlets, Islington, Southwark, Camden and Westminster. All of these boroughs are Living Wage accredited, with the exception of Westminster. Tower Hamlets is one of 16 accredited Living Wage boroughs in London.
Last year, Mayor Biggs signed the Ethical Care Charter which sets out minimum standards for care at home and guarantees the London Living Wage for the borough’s vital home care workers.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Low paid work is not enough to live on, particularly in London with the cost of living crisis. Two-thirds of children living in poverty are in working families and it’s clear that work doesn’t always guarantee a way out of poverty. Paying the Living Wage can go some way to tackle this.
“Local councils have a role to play in leading by example and encouraging employers to pay the Living Wage. Tower Hamlets Council is an accredited Living Wage employer and now signed up to the Ethical Care Charter, and I’m glad that nearly 70 employers in Tower Hamlets are following this example.”
Cllr Josh Peck, Cabinet Member for Work & Economic Growth, said: “It’s great that so many employers in Tower Hamlets pay the London Living Wage and we would strongly encourage other employers and businesses to sign up. It means fairer pay for employees, and numerous benefits for the employer.”