Vision and priorities

London Living Wage

Islington Council made the commitment to become a Living Wage employer in 2011. The 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. 98.5% of Islington contracts are now Living Wage compliant. We will continue to work towards becoming 100% compliant. 

The 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 push towards becoming a Living Wage borough
  • In March 2012, Islington became the UK’s first Living Wage council
  • 100% of LBI staff are now on at least the London Living Wage
  • 98.5% of LBI contracts now pay at least the London Living Wage, including domiciliary care workers
  • There have been 500+ beneficiaries (many of whom are ethnic minority or female employees) so far including cleaners, security guards, grounds staff and school caterers
  • The remaining 2% of contractors work in residential social care.
  • In October 2014 Islington Council announced plans for its first Living Wage care home. 
  • Islington Council has used civic leadership to exert with other local employers and in the past year has doubled the number of accredited employers in the borough to over 90. 

Living Wage Domiciliary Care Contracts

As a result of Islington Council requiring the Living Wage in its domiciliary care contracts:

  • 509 Islington care staff have benefited
  • 180 of these are Islington residents themselves
  • The largest benefiting group are Black African women, aged 41 - 59 
  • Islington home carers are now getting their travel time paid at the London Living Wage as well as their contact time
  • No 15 minute visits (except where specifically requested by the recipient)
  • Guaranteed minimum hours (i.e. no zero-hours arrangements) 
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