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London: London weighting
London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Housing, travel and consumer goods are more expensive here than in the rest of the UK.

How can employers compensate their employees for the extra expense of living in the Capital?

CWU picket
First time in seven years that postal workers went on strike

For the first time in seven years postal workers went out on strike this week causing a backlog of thousands of letters.

They want an extra 1500 London weighting added to their salary.

On 16 October 2003 Unison members in London's public sector are also planning to take strike action in their bid to get their London weighting increased to 4000.

The National Union of Teachers has submitted a London weighting claim that would put teachers in inner London on an equal footing with police.

And the Fire Brigades Union has turned down the latest offer from employers, sticking to its claim for 6000 extra for working in the capital.

London weighting first came into being in the civil service in the 1920s but since 1974 there has been no official body to review it.

Does the capital need a London minimum wage set at a different level to the rest of the country? What does it tell us about the way employers view their staff?

Should public sector workers be paid a comparative wage to their peers in the private sector?

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What chance does a Conservative Mayoral candidate have?

On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference we speak to Steven Norris, the party's Mayoral candidate, about the state of the party in London.

With no councillors in four London boroughs and just 13 MPs out of 74 in the capital, the party has a lot of work to do to regain a foothold of power in the city.

What chance does a Conservative Mayoral candidate have of convincing Londoners he is the one to vote for?

Join BBC London's Political Editor Tim Donovan on BBC One on Sundays from midday.

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