THE LEADER of Barking and Dagenham Council, Liam Smith announced that the council would be implementing a living wage of £9 an hour for all staff.
This is believed to be the highest living wage introduced by any local authority in Britain. This increase from £8.30 will benefit 1,525 staff currently employed by the council
Council staff will see the increase in their wages as of the March.
Cllr Smith told ITN that: “As a responsible employer, this Labour administration is delighted to be able to reward our hard working staff with a pay increase they deserve. This increase will help people who are currently struggling during hard times but are still doing their best to balance the books.
With such close links to Thurrock Council, YT asked Labour councillor, Richard Speight, who had seconded a motion on the living wage, whether he supported it.
Cllr Speight said: “Anything which makes the standard of living more acceptable for working people must be a good thing.
“We are looking at introducing the living wage in Thurrock and I happen to think that Barking have introduced a good initiative.