London Living Wage up to £8.55

The Living Wage rate for workers in the capital is to increase by 25p an hour to £8.55, the Mayor of London has announced. Labour leader Ed Miliband is to unveil plans for a national equivalent of £7.20 per hour.

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Downing Street: Firms will not have to pay Living Wage

Downing Street has said the Government supports the Living Wage initiative but insisted that companies would not be made to bring it in against their will.

We back the idea of a living wage and we encourage businesses to take it up.

[But] we are not proposing to require it for businesses.

– Prime Minister's official spokesman

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