22,000 jobs in Barnet pay less than living wage

22,000 jobs in Barnet pay less than £9.15 an hour - London's Living Wage - according to an annual wage survey, the Mirror reports today.

London's Living Wage is the amount needed to cover the basic cost of living in London, and is set annually by the Living Wage foundation, and calculated each year by the Greater London Authority.

Barnet's Labour councillors have been campaigning to ensure that London's Living Wage is the minimum wage that people in Barnet are paid.

Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: "London's Living Wage is the minimum that is needed to cover the basics for people living in London - it is not a luxury.

"If everyone was paid at least the living wage the benefits bill would reduce and fewer people would have to make the choice between eating, paying their rent or heating their homes.

"We have managed to secure London's Living Wage for all directly employed staff in Barnet council - although that commitment is not ongoing and is reviewed each year.

"We would like the commitment to be ongoing for all council staff including those working in services outsourced to third parties, and we believe the council should be working with all employers in the Borough to encourage them to pay at least London's Living Wage - people should be paid a fair day's pay for a fair day's work."

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1. The Mirror article can be found here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-living-wage-blackspots-revealed-6617881

2. The Living Wage Foundation: http://www.livingwage.org.uk/calculation

3. For more from the Barnet Labour Group on London's Living Wage see:

http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=4956

http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/10290353._Worrying__trend_as_hundreds_of_council_staff_earn_less_than_living_wage/

http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=11193&headline=Labour%20criticises%20council%20job%20shop&searchyear=2014

For more information contact:
Cllr Alison Moore: cllr.a.moore@barnet.gov.uk
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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