Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has strongly welcomed the news that the London Living Wage is set to increase to £9.75 per hour.
The increase was announced by Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and will see over 1,000 London businesses paying the higher rate. Tower Hamlets Council is one of 1,033 Living Wage accredited employers across the capital.
Earlier this 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.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“An increase in the London Living Wage is great news for Tower Hamlets. It’s only fair that workers are paid enough to live on, especially given the high cost of living in London and the stagnation of wages in recent years. We cannot tackle the poverty in our borough if our workers aren’t paid a fair wage for their work.
“I’m proud that Tower Hamlets Council is a fully accredited Living Wage employer and earlier this year I guaranteed that our careworkers would receive the London Living Wage. Not only does the Living Wage set a benchmark of fairness for workers, but businesses that pay the Living Wage have also reported a higher quality of work and higher job satisfaction.
“I would encourage other businesses in the borough to sign up to be London Living Wage employers – it’s good for individuals, it’s good for business and it’s good for society.”