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London Assembly calls on Boris to cap City Hall bosses’ pay

PUBLISHED: 13:11 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:10 05 October 2010

BORIS Johnson is being pressed to limit the salary of his City Hall bosses to no more than 20 times the wage of lowest-paid workers such as cleaners. The Assembly is urging the Mayor to sign up to the Government’s pledge to limit senior public sector pay

By Mike Brooke

BORIS Johnson is being pressed to limit the salary of his City Hall bosses to no more than 20 times the wage of lowest-paid workers such as cleaners.

The London Assembly is urging the Mayor to sign up to the Government's pledge to limit senior public sector pay settlements.

The cap would include a long-term goal no-one boss being paid more than 10 times the lowest salary and would be applied to bosses at the Greater London Authority, Metropolitan Police and Fire authorities, Transport for London and the London Development Agency.

"City Hall should examine its own pay disparity and set an example to London," said John Biggs, who represents East London on the Assembly.

"The 'Living Wage' is set at little over £15,000 a year. So can their be any justification for paying GLA public servants more than 20 times that rate, over £300,000 a year? "

There are about 90 posts in City Hall earning more than 10 times the Mayor's minimum London Living Wage.

Assembly members have welcomed David Cameron's pledge to limit the pay gap in the public sector and have urged the Mayor to follow his lead.

A resolution passed by the Assembly calls on the Mayor and the City hall authorities to "commit to reducing the difference in pay between the lowest and highest paid staff to no more than 20 times," with a long-term goal of no more than 10 times.


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