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TUC urges government to do more to increase wages

The TUC are calling for the government to increase the minimum wage and do more to encourage businesses to pay their staff the living wage.

Geoff Tily, Senior Economist at the TUC said it was time for the government to take decisive action to help working families living in poverty due to low pay.

London wage 'black spots' show worst paid boroughs

Half of workers in Harrow West are currently being paid less than the minimum wage, according to new figures released by the TUC.

The research, based on ONS figures, show a number of pay 'black spots' across the capital.

48.9%
Of people in Harrow West do not earn the living wage
48.3%
Of people in Chingford and Woodford Green do not earn the living wage
38.4%
Of people in Enfield Southgate do not earn the living wage
36.9%
Of people in Beckenham do not earn the living wage
36.7%
Of people in Edmonton do not earn the living wage

The London living wage is currently set at £9.15 per hour.

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London workers earning less than minimum wage

Almost half of Londoners living in some boroughs earn less than the living wage, according to new figures released by the TUC.

Women are more likely to be paid less than the London living wage. Credit: Reuters.

The London living wage is currently set at £9.15 per hour, compared with £7.85 across the rest of the country.

Nationally, more than five million people earn less than the living wage.

The rate is set by the Living Wage foundation and calculated by the Greater London Authority to cover all boroughs in Greater London.

London Mayor launches new city Living Wage

The Mayor of London will be stepping behind the coffee counter today as part of his launch of a new rate for the London Living Wage.

Boris Johnson will be marking the beginning of Living Wage week at the first coffee shop in the city to commit to paying the increased wage.

Boris Johnson will announce the new living wage rate this morning Credit: PA

The London Living Wage is calculated on an hourly rate based on the combination of the cost of living in the city and 60 percent of the median wage.

Majority of London boroughs not paying living wage

New research by the London Assembly shows that two thirds of London boroughs have not been accredited as London living wage employers.

The Assembly's Economic Committee found that those who have been accredited are failing to persuade private social care providers to pay their staff a living wage.

Progress has been particularly slow in the hospitality, cleaning and social care sectors.

The London living wage is £8.80 per hour compared to a minimum wage of £6.31 per hour.

Living Wage Foundation Credit: The living wage foundation