Commenting on Boris Johnson’s Centre for Social Justice speech, Labour’s London Assembly Economic Spokesperson Fiona Twycross AM said:
“Boris Johnson is right to say the public will not tolerate the growing gap between rich and the poor. What they also won’t tolerate is the growing gap between the Mayor’s rhetoric and his record.
“Despite ‘championing’ causes like the Living Wage, under his stewardship the proportion of jobs paying less than the London Living Wage has increased from 13.2% to 19.4% since he took office. That means on Boris Johnson’s watch 917,000 Londoners are being paid less than is needed to live in the capital, 348,000 more than in 2008.
“Whilst Boris has paid lip service to ideas like the Living Wage he’s not been anywhere near willing to invest his political capital in drumming up support from businesses. We need a Mayor who is willing to act to lower the gap between the rich and poor, not just talk about it.”