Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Realities of London Poverty

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Realities of London Poverty

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YOUR piece on low-paid workers featured among others Ramon, a cleaner at University College London. His daily six hours' work is split between early morning and late evening, for which he is paid a poverty wage of [pounds sterling]6 per hour: well below the London Living Wage of [pounds sterling]7.85 an hour.

He is not alone. There are at least 175 cleaners and catering staff in a very similar position at UCL. What was extraordinary about Ramon was his courage to appear publicly in your newspaper. Other cleaners allege they have been sacked on the spot for as much as picking up a copy of the Standard from an office desk.

UCL recently told the BBC it had "no plans" to ensure that contracted staff receive the London Living Wage -- unlike every other higher education college in Bloomsbury. Our campaign exists to bring together students, staff and alumni to make sure this changes.

Your Dispossessed Fund will be of invaluable benefit to the families it reaches. Alone, however, it is not enough. The Evening Standard must look at the root causes of poverty in London, and ask why an institution like UCL can pay its vice-chancellor over [pounds sterling]400,000 a year but little more than the minimum wage to its cleaners. Greg Brown, Sol Gamsu, UCL Living Wage Campaign.

IT is welcome that David Cameron has tapped in to the view that people should take back control over their lives. The important issue is whether people have the energy, the freedom from worry and the knowhow to do this. …

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