Panel meets to weigh up cost of living in London

The panel appointed to review London weighting will meet for the first time

As reported by Personnel Today last October, a six-strong panel will look at
the issues surrounding compensation for the higher cost of living and working
in London.

The London weighting concept is being re-evaluated for the first time since
1974 and the panel will also examine how pay in the capital contributes to
staff retention and recruitment.

The panel comprises members of public and private sector, trades unions and
academic bodies. Its representatives are Bill Knight (chairman), Francesca
Okosi, Denise Milani, John Chastney, Professor Robert Elliot and Chris

Knight said: "Many people say they can no longer afford to live in the
capital and this is a big problem affecting recruitment and retention. We want
our report, which will be completed next summer, to be genuinely useful to

"If we do our job properly, our report should help those who negotiate
pay to set a fair London premium," he added.

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