London assembly is to review the London weighting for the first time in
nearly 30 years (see LGCnet). T&G regional secretary Eddie McDermott said the review was 'timely and appropriate given the rapidly escalating costs of living in the capital.'
'The T&G launched a campaign to increase the London weighting on behalf of
our members in the voluntary sector some time ago. We have also lodged a
claim for London local government workers to raise the London weighting to
£4,000 per worker. The London assembly's announcement, therefore, is a
welcome extension of that campaign and claim.
'House prices in the capital have risen by nearly 120% since 1995 and the
cost of renting can be even more expensive than buying. This makes it very
difficult for many low paid yet essential workers to make ends meet. We will
be arguing their case during the review period and continuing to campaign
for fairness for all London workers.'
The T&G carried out some research work as part of its London weighting
campaign for the voluntary sector. The union found that the average price of
a home in London has risen by nearly 120% from£98,276 in 1995 to£205,387
now. Compared with other parts of the UK, the average price of a flat in
London is more expensive than a detached house in the North and Midlands.
The annual cost of a nursery place in London is£7,012.72 and that of a
The local government claim for a£4,000 London weighting draws on similar
research. It points to police officers, teachers, nurses and midwives having
been awarded London weighting and allowances which together add over£4,000
to their basic salaries.
'With many T&G members in London earning under£20,000 the need for a review
of the weighting is clear,' added Mr McDermott.
For a copy of the T&G briefing notes on London
weighting contact LGCnet.