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Council's lowest paid in line for an increase

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THE council's lowest earners are to receive a pay rise after the authority agreed to meet an increase in the London Living Wage.

As of January, all staff directly employed by the authority will be paid at least £8.55 per hour, council leader Mike Fisher announced on Monday.

However, Cllr Fisher said it would remain the responsibility of its contractors to ensure that their staff are paid at the same level.

Currently, all 3,200 council staff are paid above £8.30, the previous minimum hourly rate recommended by the scheme.

There were calls for Croydon Council to meet the new level after it was increased by 25p by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in November.

Cllr Fisher, speaking at a cabinet meeting at the Town Hall, said: "I am delighted to be able to say that we will make sure that all staff directly employed by the council will be paid at least the new level of the London Living Wage."

Simon Hall, a Labour councillor in Fieldway ward, questioned whether the council's contractors would also receive a pay rise.

Cllr Fisher replied: "In terms of contractors we have sent a very clear message about what we do but it's a matter for them to decide what they do."


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