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The surge in numbers, and the burgeoning campaign to lift the pay of the worst-off, means that about 60,000 people will be given a pay rise on Monday when a new higher living wage rate is announced. The current rate is £8.80 in London and £7.65 elsewhere.
An independent evaluation of the living wage initiative funded by Trust for London, to be published on Monday, calculates that by September 2013 the living wage campaign had generated £48m in additional wages for 23,000 low-paid workers. The huge increase in accredited companies since then means those “gains have significantly increased”. Neil Jameson, executive director of Citizens UK and one of the founders of the living wage campaign, which was launched in 2001, said: “We have a great deal to celebrate but there is still much to do. Our aim is to influence the coming general election and have 5,000 accredited living wage employers by 2020.”