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Only two businesses across Havering accredited as London living wage employers

PUBLISHED: 10:30 11 August 2017

Only two businesses across Havering are accredited as London living wage employers. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

Only two businesses across Havering are accredited as London living wage employers. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

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Businesses are more likely to pay the London living wage if their council is an accredited employer.

Analysis in a new guide from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Living Wage Foundation shows a positive ripple effect on small businesses when their council gets Living Wage accreditation.

According to the charities, Havering Council is not an accredited living wage employer and there are only two businesses across the borough that are.

CPAG chief executive, Alison Garnham said: “Child poverty exists right across the capital even in the richest boroughs, and spreading the living wage has to be part of the solution.

“Our research indicates there may be a ripple effect when local authorities get accredited as living wage employers.

“So our message to boroughs who aren’t yet on board is lead by example and get accredited so businesses in your area are encouraged to follow suit.”

A council spokesman said: “Although the council isn’t currently accredited as a London living wage employer, following the recent terms and conditions review, a new pay supplement will be introduced from September.

“This will ensure that Havering Council employees’ basic hourly pay is the same as the London living wage which is currently £9.75 per hour.”

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