Islington council has unveiled an “ambitious” plan to close the gap between the rich and poor in the borough.
The 54-point plan includes a commitment to pay the London Living Wage (currently £8.30) to all staff directly employed by the council and “to work towards making sure all contractors also pay it.”
The plan also commits the borough “to narrowing income inequality towards a 1:10 ratio, so the best-paid council employee earns no more than 10 times the salary of the lowest-paid.”
The proposals follow a report by the Islington Fairness Commission which made a number of recommendations for creating “a fairer Islington”.
Cllr Catherine West, Leader of Islington Council, said: “We’re on our residents’ side and determined to make Islington a fairer place for everyone who lives and works here.
“With huge divides between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, this is no easy task, but we’re committed to taking action now.
”This action plan lays out exactly what we’ll be doing and includes radical ideas that will make a real difference to our community.”
The full response to the Commission’s report can be downloaded here and will be tabled at the full meeting of Islington Council on October 6th.