‘Light Work’ is our new ongoing series that celebrates the people, groups, businesses and ideas that inspire us.
“The definition of fashion is it has to go out of fashion.
From working in luxury fashion for more than 10 years, I got so dis-encouraged by the constant need for new, and more. I had to stop and focus on what is essential to living a good life without the pressures to always be wearing the latest fashion that'll be gone the next week.
My antidote to this is to make essential garments that will withstand time and has been wholly considered from fibre to fit so everyone can go about living better, with less, that lasts longer.”
“My name is Sean Rennison Phillips AKA SRP and I'm an artist.
Growing up in Finchley I was immersed in a lot of London subcultures via older kids in secondary school, in particular graffiti and skateboarding. Skating taught me to view my environment differently and led to exploration of the city looking for places to skate.
Graffiti took this further taking me all city through the underbelly of London. It also taught me the skills of spacial awareness, balance, depth, shape and form which translated well into artistic painting.”
The movement began at a meeting in East London, when the grassroots organisation Citizens UK brought together churches, mosques, schools and other local institutions to talk about the issues affecting their communities. One issue came up again and again – low pay.
At the time the government’s minimum wage was just £3.70 an hour. At a major public assembly in 2004, Citizens UK persuaded the Mayor of London to help champion the Living Wage across the capital.
2011 the movement went national. London Living Wage launched the first UK Living Wage rate and set up a Living Wage Foundation to recognise and celebrate the great businesses that choose to go further than the government minimum.
In 2016 the Government increased the minimum wage for over-25 year olds. They called the new higher rate a ‘national living wage’. The problem is that the government minimum isn’t based on what people need to live on. With more than 5.5 million people paid less than the real Living Wage that meets the cost of living, the job is far from done.
More than 4,700 organisations across all sectors have joined the movement, including a third of the FTSE 100 and household names like the Houses of Parliament, Nationwide, Oxfam, ITV, @chelseafc @ikeauk and @burberry @communitysouls is proud to be London Living Wage employer.