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26 July 2001

London workers need at least ?3,340 extra a year
The latest survey of London Weighting, published in the trade union magazine Bargaining Report, shows that people working in inner London need at least ?3,340 a year - and those in outer London ?1,074 - to compensate them for the higher cost of living.

The report highlights developments in the public sector where problems of recruitment and retention of staff have forced employers to address the inadequate levels of London allowance. The London weighting index seeks to measure the extra costs incurred by people working in London compared with those working elsewhere in the UK. Some employers already pay allowances higher than the index figure but the evidence from the Bargaining Report survey is that most do not. For inner London only 33 out of 143 employers paid an adequate London allowance.

Some organisations have addressed the problem, most notably the Metropolitan Police Service but also parts of the NHS.

The survey lists allowances payable by employers in London, plus examples of allowances covering other areas in the South East and some for other large cities.

Notes to editors

1. Bargaining Report is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.40 to LRD affiliates, ?4.25 to non-profit making organisations and ?16 to businesses.
2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. Around 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.
3. For further information contact Dave Statham on 020 7902 9809 or email dstatham@lrd.org.uk

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