Jan 21 2013 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
EMPLOYEES in the borough now have more chance of being paid a wage which covers the high cost of living in London.
Brent Council agreed at a meeting on Monday to implement a plan to seek accreditation as a London Living Wage employer.
All directly employed staff have been receiving the wage since the start of this year, which is set independently to reflect higher prices in London, but the council now hopes to apply this to all contractors and sub-contractors.
It currently stands at £8.30 per hour and will rise to £8.55 from March 31.
Brent Council leader, councillor Muhammed Butt said: “I know how hard it is for many people out there at the moment, so by taking a lead on fair pay we can make a real difference to people’s day-to-day lives.”
The Living Wage Foundation has found that payment of the living wage reduces staff turnover, improves productivity and reduces sickness absence.
The London Living Wage would also help to boost real incomes in Brent, which in 2010 was estimated to have the second lowest median and mean average income levels of London’s 32 boroughs.