Living Wage Week: UKIP Mayoral Candidate says poverty in London is too high

Published Nov 02, 2015

PRW_2015_Photo.jpgUKIP London Mayoral Candidate, Peter Whittle, has used National Living Wage Week to highlight the amount of work that still needs to be done to ensure workers in the capital are getting a fair wage

"It's great that 724 businesses in London are now paying the living wage of £9.40 an hour, meaning that for their employees, they should at the very least have enough to get by living in London.

"But before we listen to the likes of Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan patting themselves on the back, let's put that into context. There are over a million businesses in London, while according to the Office of National Statistics, a quarter of jobs in London pay less than the living wage.

"Research by London Poverty Profile puts the number of people in London living below the poverty line at 1.2 million, or 27% of the population. It's clear to see that we are not even close to ensuring a decent standard of living in London for almost a third of residents."

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