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2018 / ISSUE 108 7 GUESTLIST GOOD EGGS Now, following an audit concerning people employed under the control of City Hall, the ethnicity pay gap has finally arrived at the table of public discourse. The audit, commissioned by Mayor Sadiq Khan, aimed to outline the wage discrepancies between ethnicities working for the Met, TFL, London Fire Brigade and others. The pay audit observed the wages of over 76,000 employees. According to a report into the audit's findings, the pay gap was due to under-representation in higher-paying senior roles, rather than BAME employees being paid less than white colleagues to work the same job. The worst instances of pay gaps were found in the Old Oak and Park Royal development corporation, tasked with redevelopment projects in north-west London. The corporation paid on average 37.5% less to its BAME staff. Meanwhile, the audit found no ethnicity pay gap in the London Fire Brigade. There was a troubling difference in pay found present in the Metropolitan police, where white workers are paid an average £21.35 an hour, compared with £17.98 for black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees, a 16.72% difference. Scotland Yard said they were "working hard to address the gap." The audit mirrors a similar study into gender pay, published by the mayor's office in 2016. The gender pay audit found gaps in pay ranging from none to 30%, a subsequent report into the audit found the gap was due to the under- representation of women in senior roles. Khan says he is "determined to confront this inequality" and hopes that his ethnic pay audit will encourage businesses in the capital to imitate his drive for ethnic equality. 2017 was the year the gender pay gap was exposed for all to see, as business after business was forced to recognise the alarming disparity in pay between male and female employees. ETHNICITY PAY GAP EXPOSED SMELLS DODGY In a study of more than 570 cities worldwide, it was found that 101 cities hit this 70% target, compared to just 42 back in 2015. Better yet, more than 40 of these cities are currently running on 100% renewable energy. These cities include the Iceland capital Reykjavik, which sources all of its electricity from hydropower and geothermal energy, and Burlington in Vermont, which runs on a mixture of hydro, solar, wind and biomass. CDP's director of cities Kyra Appleby is optimistic that these figures will continue to improve. "Reassuringly, our data shows much commitment and ambition," Appleby said in a statement. "Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy but, most importantly – they can." Here in the UK, more than 80 towns and cities have now committed to the UK100 network's target to run on 100% clean energy by 2050. Meanwhile, 58 towns and cities in the US have also made the pledge to fully convert to clean energy. To prepare for the future, Appleby has urged cities worldwide to work together to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement: "The time to act is now." According to data published last month by environmental impact research organisation CDP, the number of cities getting at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources has more than doubled since 2015. MORE THAN 100 CITIES GET MOST OF THEIR ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES

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