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Sunday, 8 February 2015

London Living Wage and Brent Council Procurement

One of Brent' Council's commitments on the London Living Wage is to use its procurement process to get contractors to adopt the London Living Wage for all their employees.  An exception is made for Adult Social Care contracts.  The London Living Wage has already been awarded in the cases of LoHac and the Public Realm Contract.  Despite their supposedly progressive stance, Brent Green Party has not shown any interest in this aspect of the Council.  It is, however, one of the most effective ways that Brent Council can address the rising cost of living for Londoners.

In principle, it should be possible to draw up a list of future contracts and estimate the cost of the policy.  Hopefully, this will be part of the proposed review of Brent Passenger Services.  I suggested before that one of the reasons that reviews of passenger services in other Boroughs were so disastrous was that they tried to cut corners to meet financially driven targets.  Committing to the London Living Wage in this area (which would just be an extension of the Council policy agreed years ago) would be an indication that Brent Council cares about quality of service and not just cutting costs.

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