Crisis in the capital: How to protect low-paid workers and deliver better work in London

Tuesday 27 October 2020 | 2.00 – 3.00pm

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London is the wealthiest region in the UK, but it is also the most unequal.

That so many were struggling before the coronavirus crisis is what left London particularly vulnerable to the seismic impact of the crisis.

Research by L&W’s Better Work Network shows that low-paid Londoners have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis, with low-paid workers in the capital more likely to work in sectors most effected by lockdown measures, be furloughed by their employer and be worried about their future.

An extraordinary package of intervention has helped to protect many from the worst. However, as the health crisis resurfaces at a quickening pace, the tightening of support (including the transition to the Job Support Scheme and the end of the temporary increase in Universal Credit) risks severe hardship and job losses for many.

This event will explore the impact of the coronavirus crisis on London’s low paid workers. We will discuss the challenges facing low paid workers and examine the risks associated with the reduction in support. We will also outline the steps that should be taken to protect workers while ensuring better work is at the core of London’s strategy for recovery.

Speakers include:

  • Bharat Mehta, chief executive, Trust for London
  • Debbie Weekes-Barnard, Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility, Community Engagement
  • Stephen Evans, chief executive, Learning and Work Institute
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