Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Case for the London Living Wage

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Case for the London Living Wage

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THE striking shift in the political debate since the party conference season, with a focus on the cost of living, looks set to get a boost with next week's increase in the London Living Wage. The LLW's rate, currently [pounds sterling]8.55 an hour, is set annually by City Hall on the basis of what workers need to live modestly in the capital: the Mayor will announce the new rate on Monday. Ed Miliband looks set to use "Living Wage Week" to attempt to widen the debate he started with his pledge of a cap on energy bills: he will make a major speech on wages. This week has already seen further clashes between him and the Prime Minister on living costs. But away from political theatre, the London Living Wage addresses serious issues for the capital.

New ONS figures show households having to spend a markedly larger portion of their disposable incomes on essentials -- and London's living costs are higher than those elsewhere and rising faster, too, largely due to housing costs. …

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