Public sector workers are being
priced out of living and working in Wandsworth, according to a report.
The research by Battersea and
Wandsworth TUC, which is published today, claims that Wandsworth-based
employees earning less than £29,000-a-year can no longer afford to live in the
The study, Priced out of the
Borough – Economic Apartheid in Wandsworth, concludes that nurses,
teachers, social workers, fire fighters, paramedics and transport workers are
being driven out of Wandsworth.
Support workers including cooks,
cleaners, drivers, carers are also suffering because of low pay and the high
cost of housing in the borough according to the report.
The TUC claims that the
infrastructure of the borough and its services risk complete collapse if the
authorities fail to act on pay and housing.
“Services in Wandsworth and across
the rest of London, risk complete collapse if this economic apartheid against
people on low and average earnings is not stopped,” said Geoff Martin,
Battersea and Wandsworth TUC’s lead organiser.