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Redbridge Council accredited as London Living Wage employer

PUBLISHED: 15:10 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 07 November 2018

Redbridge Council was officially accredited as a London Living Wage borough at a ceremony at the Barbican Centre on Monday, November 5. Photo: Redbridge Council

Redbridge Council was officially accredited as a London Living Wage borough at a ceremony at the Barbican Centre on Monday, November 5. Photo: Redbridge Council

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Redbridge Council will now pay all its full-time employees at least £20,500-a-year and require its contractors to do the same.

The council was officially accredited as a London Living Wage (LLW) employer at a ceremony in the Barbican Centre on Monday, November 5 - the same day that the living wage was raised to £10.55.

The council pledged in March to ensure its lowest paid members of staff earn the LLW.

Following accreditation, the local authority will now ensure that each of its hundred plus contractors pay their lowest paid employees when each of their contracts come up for renegotiation.

In the case of Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, the council’s independently run leisure division; this will be in around five years time.

The council will also encourage private sector businesses in the borough to follow suit.

Council leader Jas Athwal said that paying the LLW will improve the lives of staff and help attract and retain a quality, dedicated workforce.

He said: “It was an election commitment to extend the Living Wage to our contractors and we also invite other employers in the borough to do the same, so ensuring the cost of living in the capital is acknowledged and to help hundreds of our low paid residents.”

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