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Barnet Council staff pay will be increased to London Living Wage, says ruling Conservative group
Council staff will have their salaries brought in line with the London Living Wage from April, the Conservative group has announced.
Hundreds of staff will see their wages increased to £8.55 per hour, or £16,049 a year.
The pay scale is recommended by the Living Wage Foundation, which campaigns for “basic but acceptable” wages in the capital.
Barnet’s Conservative group announced it would introduce the London Living Wage, already in place in neighbouring boroughs Brent, Camden and Islington, at the start of the next financial year.
The council's leader Councillor Richard Cornelius said the increases would be paid for with savings from the authority’s One Barnet outsourcing programme - under which millions of pounds of services have been sold off to the private sector.
The announcement brings to an end what critics labelled “a worrying trend” of increasing numbers of staff salaries falling below the living wage.
Figures obtained by the Times Series in March revealed that almost 400 members of staff were paid less than the widely accepted minimum, while the council’s last chief executive raked in £210,000 a year.
Councillor Cornelius pledged to address the disparity and on Thursday announced that all staff will have their pay increased.
He said: “It is something we have been plugging for. We have wanted to do it for some time – we want to pay hard working people properly.”
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