Newham leads the way at Living Wage Champions Awards 2023

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• Newham is shortlisted for two awards in recognition of the exemplar contribution to the Living Wage movement

Newham Council has been recognised nationally for its contribution towards the Living Wage movement, including nominations in the Public Sector and Places categories at the Living Wage Champions Awards for 2023.

Since becoming a London Living Wage employer in March 2021, Newham has been leading the way to encourage other local businesses to pay the London Living Wage and make the Royal Docks a bastion of community wealth building and inclusive growth. Together with the Royal Docks Action Group, which was set up in June 2021, there are now 51 additional organisations in the borough that have become a Living Wage Employer. 

Cllr Caroline Adaja, Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building, Business, Enterprise and Future World of Work said: “When the Council became a Living Wage Employer in February 2021 we were one of 31 employers in Newham signed up to that commitment.  I am delighted to see that we now have 82 wonderful businesses who are signed up and I thank each of them for their support for this important movement as it shows how they value their workforce and want to provide them with stability and security in return for their hard work.  Being shortlisted in these two Living Wage categories is wonderful recognition that the Living Wage movement in Newham has real momentum and I’m so looking forward to meeting our future Living Wage Employers who see the business case for properly rewarding their staff.”

Working on increasing uptake of the Living Wage and accreditation as a Living Wage Employer remains on top of Newham’s community wealth-building agenda. With thousands of job opportunities in digital skills and construction coming to the Royal Docks over the coming years, we will continue to work with the Royal Docks Action Group, local businesses and organisations to ensure these fantastic new job opportunities are paid at least the Living Wage. They will provide new opportunities for local residents to improve their skills and access high-quality well-paid local employment.

For more information about becoming a Living Wage Employer, visit our support for business page.

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Published: 23 May 2023