Staff will be paid minimum of £8.55 per hour
Merton Council has adopted the London Living Wage, making sure all its employees are paid in line with the cost of life in the capital city.
Starting immediately and backdating to April this year, all the council's staff and agency workers will be paid a minimum of £8.55 per hour. The wage reflects the higher living costs faced by Londoners.
Most Merton Council staff are already paid more that the London Living Wage, but this decision will ensure all permanent council staff and agency workers receive the rate.
Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis (left) said: "The rising cost of living is a big issue for our employees - many of whom live in the borough. We are therefore delighted to be a London Living Wage council.
"This has only been possible because of our good financial management. We have recently been awarded the title of best council in the country and as part of this we want to make sure all our staff are treated fairly."
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July 3, 2013