Vision and priorities

London Living Wage

Islington Council was the joint first Local Authority to win accreditation as a Living Wage employer in 2012.

We pay all directly employed staff at least the London Living Wage and 98% of Islington contracts are now Living Wage compliant. We will continue to work towards becoming 100% compliant. We use our buying power as a council to increase the number of people paid at least the London Living Wage in Islington.

  • In June 2010, Islington Council launched a Fairness Commission to tackle poverty and inequality in the borough
  • A year later, the top recommendation of the Islington Fairness Commission was for Islington to work towards becoming a Living Wage borough
  • In March 2012, Islington became the UK’s first Living Wage council
  • 100% of Islington Council staff are now on at least the London Living Wage
  • We go beyond the requirements of our Living Wage Employer accreditation and pay all Islington Council apprentices the London Living Wage
  • 98% of Islington Council contracts now pay at least the London Living Wage, including domiciliary care workers
  • The remaining 2% of contractors work in residential social care
  • There have been hundreds of beneficiaries, many of whom are black and minority ethnic or female employees. These include cleaners, security guards, grounds staff and school caterers
  • In 2016 Islington was the first council to become a Living Wage Friendly Funder. This means we  seek to ensure that all voluntary sector jobs which are wholly or partially funded by an Islington Council grant, pay at least the London Living Wage
  • Islington Council continues to work with local businesses to increase the number of accredited employers in the borough
  • In 2017, Islington Council became the first Living Wage Landlord in the country. This means we insist that all new tenants in the commercial properties let by the council commit to paying at least the London Living Wage to all their staff working in the buildings
  • We use our planning powers to secure London Living Wage jobs and apprenticeships with large developers in Islington

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