Labour Councillors have called on Westminster City Council to require its contractors to pay the London Living Wage when all future contracts are let, after the Council revealed that it has no information on the wages its contractors pay and no policy requiring contractors to pay the London Living Wage of £8.55 per hour.
Following questions to the Council, The Council’s Human Resources staff say;
“We do not have a specific policy in place requiring contractors staff to be paid at London Living Wage and we do not hold details of contractors’ pay and remuneration structures. Many of our commercial contractors have been in place for some years, and there could not be a requirement to pay the LLW imposed part way through a contract.”
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“If Westminster Council wants to be considered a good employer then it must require all its contractors to pay the London Living Wage on all future contracts. Westminster Conservatives have repeatedly raised concerns at the growing Benefits bill paid by the public to people on low incomes. Perhaps if the Council’s contractors paid the London Living Wage the Benefits bill would be a lot lower than it is now. Why should Westminster residents continue to subsidise the Council’s low-wage contractors through increasing Benefits bills? It is about time the Council’s contractors all paid the London Living Wage to their staff.”