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Tower Hamlets supports ‘Fair Pay Fortnight’

Fair Pay Fortnight’From February 16 to March 1, 2015 Tower Hamlets is supporting ‘Fair Pay Fortnight’ – a campaign run by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to raise awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis.
The TUC say that working people in the UK are seeing their living standards squeezed harder every year. The cost of energy, food and housing is soaring but wages aren’t keeping up.
In Tower Hamlets, the council was one of the first local authorities in London to achieve London Living Wage (LLW) status, which aims to ensure that wages reflect the real cost of living in London.
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: “We are committed to tackling poverty at every level.
“Wherever possible, we have protected the most vulnerable from the impact of welfare reform; the borough’s employment rate is the highest it’s been since recording began and we have made a raft of local financial education support grants available, to help our young people continue in their studies.”
Councillor Alibor Choudhury, cabinet member for Resources, said: “Fair pay Fortnight raise important questions about the true state of the UK economy.
“In Tower Hamlets, we have long since recognised the financial challenges that people are facing and our approach has always been to protect and support the most vulnerable in our communities”