About the London Living Wage

The London Living Wage is an independently set, voluntary hourly rate of pay. It is the only rate calculated based on the rising cost of living.

The current rate in London is £13.15 per hour. 

We have introduced a scheme to offer a one-off grant covering the cost of three years of accreditation.

To access the grants, employers must commit to pay all their directly and sub-contracted staff at least this rate and show their commitment by accrediting through the Living Wage Foundation.

This will not only help to raise living standards for Royal Greenwich residents, but will also allow employers to experience the many business benefits that accreditation brings. 

How to become accredited

If you're ready to become a Living Wage Employer, get accredited today with the Living Wage Foundation. 

We will cover three years' worth of accreditation. 

You can become an accredited employer through the Living Wage Foundation by agreeing to pay both your directly employed staff and contracted staff at least the London Living Wage.

If you have any questions, email business@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

What to do 

  1. Pay the London Living Wage to all your directly employed staff
  2. Have a plan in place to pay your contractors a London Living Wage
  3. Check your business fulfils the grant conditions
  4. Complete the Living Wage Foundation form to gain your accreditation and the Royal Greenwich grant form (it does not matter which form you do first)

Complete the Living Wage Foundation form

Complete the Royal Greenwich grant form

Why become a Living Wage Employer?

The London Living Wage accreditation has been shown to have a wealth of benefits for employers.

  • 93% businesses benefitted from accreditation
  • 86% reported it improved the reputation of their business
  • 75% said it increased motivation and retention rates of employees

Find out why local employers are committed to paying the real Living Wage rate and the benefits for businesses.

Grant conditions

To qualify you must:

  1. Be an employer and occupy a commercial property within the Royal Borough of Greenwich
  2. Become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation (and be able to provide an accreditation agreement).
  3. Commit to and implement the agreement to pay the London Living Wage for a minimum 3 year period, with the Living Wage Foundation (failure to do this may result in recovery of the grant)
  4. Confirm that any award under this scheme will not result in the organisation exceeding the State Aid threshold
  5. Continue to occupy a commercial property within the Royal Borough of Greenwich for at least 3 years of becoming accredited (otherwise any grant will be reclaimed – the grant however would remain if the organisation occupies another property within the Royal Borough of Greenwich)

Amount of the Grant Award

A grant of three times the annual London Living Wage accreditation fee is being offered to businesses employing less than 251 staff.

The level of grant award depends on the size of business. 

Organisation Type

Size of organisation (including 3rd party)

Grant award (to cover the cost of accreditation for a 3 year period)

 Private sector 

51 to 250



11 to 50



0 to 10


 Charities / Public sector

51 to 250



11 to 50



0 to 10


The Living Wage Foundation monitors organisations and should any business break the agreement within 3 years then any grant awarded will be reclaimed on a pro rata basis.

The grant is a one-off award to cover the cost of accreditation.

If an organisation occupies more than one property within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, only one award will be made (the applicant can specify which property).

State Aid and Subsidy Allowance

European Union laws restrict the amount of state funding businesses can receive. This includes government grants, loans or tax reductions.

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period however the following scheme rules are to be applied to subsidies on the basis of the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA).

Applicant businesses will need to confirm that any likely grant award through this scheme will not exceed the set limit for the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance.

If you have any queries about the conditions or you need help with completing the form email business@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The Royal Greenwich Living Wage campaign is funded by the The UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Find out more about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund on GOV.UK