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Businesses sign up to Council’s Living Wage Scheme

Businesses in Greenwich are taking up the incentive to become living wage employers.

Local law firms Martin Arnold Associates and Grant Saw have been among the first businesses to join up to the scheme, which will see the Royal Borough pay back five years’ worth of the Living Wage accreditation fee via a rebate on their rates. At least ten businesses have so far joined the scheme across the borough.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is offering local firms a discount on their business rates if they sign up to pay their staff the London Living Wage (a minimum of £9.15 per hour).

The discount is being offered to the first 100 local employers that become London Living Wage accredited during 2015/16. So far the council has contacted more than 80 firms to encourage them to sign up.

Maria Lati, a Partner at Grant Saw said: “Grant Saw Solicitors supports the London Living Wage Initiative as it is an important scheme for those living and working in London.

“This scheme will really help companies like ours. It is good for employers, good for our employees and their families and we are happy to champion the cause.”

Councillor Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Business Employment and Skills at Greenwich Royal Borough Council, itself an accredited London Living Wage employer, said: “It is great to see local businesses signing up to our scheme which ensures that their staff are paid at least the London Living Wage.

“Paying the London Living Wage has been shown to have a positive impact on both businesses and their employees.”

To sign up to the Living Wage Scheme, email the Royal Borough of Greenwich Business Support Team at business@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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