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Building an inclusive local economy

Everyone can access high-quality job opportunities, with decent pay and security in our thriving and inclusive local economy.

More Living Wage employers

  • We will double the number of Living Wage employers in Lewisham.
  • We will roll out a business rate discount for employers who commit to fair pay.
  • We will maintain our commitment to fair pay as a Living Wage employer.

Support to access work and to progres

  • We will lead the way in flexible working, including through becoming an accredited Timewise employer.
  • We will require large contractors to provide high- quality apprenticeships for local residents where possible.
  • We will support an additional 250 people through the Mayor’s apprenticeship scheme.
  • We will support adults to access high-quality learning.

High-quality work and reduced inequalities

  • When we are considering whether to commission services, we will have an assumption that the Council is our preferred provider and in-source our contracts.
  • We will work with other employers to reduce the gender and ethnicity pay gaps in Lewisham.
  • We will work with local trade unions to tackle exploitation at work, including zero-hour contracts.

A thriving local economy

  • We will review public sector procurement to maximise investment in local independent businesses and support local inclusive growth.
  • We will create more enterprise hubs.
  • We will require large contractors to provide high- quality apprenticeships for local residents where possible.
  • We will expand our business growth programme to reach 300 small businesses by 2020, and support more start-up businesses to grow and become sustainable.
  • We will develop an Evening and Night-time  Strategy. We will focus on our arts and music spaces, and enable more cafés and restaurants to stay open late in the evenings to bring our town centres to life.