Old Kent Road to become living wage neighbourhood

Tue 10 September 2019, 2:54 pm

The Old Kent Road regeneration area is set to become a Living Wage Neighbourhood through plans by Southwark Council.

Working with key institutions across the area, the council’s ultimate aim is to make the entire borough a Living Wage Place.

Unlike the government’s minimum wage, the Living Wage is independently calculated based on the cost of living.

Southwark Council intends to become an accredited Living Wage employer, implement the Ethical Care Charter that guarantees a Living Wage for home and residential care workers, and sign up more than 50 employers to the apprenticeship standard that guarantees the Living Wage for apprentices.

It also commits to doubling the number of Living Wage employers in the borough, which now stands at 144 that have been accredited.

The council recently won an award from the Living Wage Foundation for its commitment to the real Living Wage, which included work to ensure Elephant Park in Elephant and Castle becomes the country’s first Living Wage Zone.

For more news on what is happening on the Old Kent Road head to: https://oldkentroad.org.uk/news-events