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Revealed: Number of companies in Newham that pay workers the London Living Wage

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 05 December 2018

Cllr Mas Patel is putting forward a motion before full council. Picture: Heartfulness UK

Cllr Mas Patel is putting forward a motion before full council. Picture: Heartfulness UK

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The number of companies in the borough that are committed to paying the London Living Wage (LLW) to workers has been revealed - and the number is shamefully low.

There are just 13 companies out of more than 1,000 in the borough that pay staff at least £10.55 per hour.

The revelation has prompted councillors in Newham to push for the borough to become LLW accredited which means all staff directly employed by the council will be paid at least £10.55 per hour.

Councillor Mas Patel, who is bringing a motion for the council to be LLW accredited before full council, said: “It is so important for the council to set this precedent.

“We need to say we won’t work with businesses who don’t pay the London Living Wage.

“It will help those who are in persistently low paid jobs escape that cycle of poverty.

“We have more than a 1,000 businesses in this borough and only 13 are paying the London Living Wage. That must change.”

Newham is one of the poorest boroughs in the capital, with around 40 per cent of residents estimated to be living in poverty

Minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.83 for people over 25 but just £4.20 for workers under 18.

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