The Living Wage Campaign was launched in 2001 by parents in East London who were frustrated that because they were working two minimum wage jobs they were left with no time for family life.
The campaign has already achieved notable successes with over 15,000 families lifted out of working poverty as a direct result of the Living Wage campaign, which is run by Citizens UK.
In 2010 Islington held a Fairness Commission to find out what issues mattered to residents. As a result of the Commission Islington took up the Living Wage Campaign.
Islington Council was one of the first local authorities to become accredited as a Living Wage employer. All directly employed staff are paid at least the Living Wage, and 98% of our contracts pay the Living Wage, including for domiciliary care workers.