national minimum wage

Can the increased living wage help reduce in-work poverty?

Ben Richards and Nida Broughton  |  4 November 2015

Recent years have seen poor wage growth, with real wages falling for many workers. In addition, government cuts and benefit freezes since 2010 have contributed towards decreasing standards of living for many. Low income households also face the prospect of (possibly watered down) cuts to tax credits over the coming years. The big task the …

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What Would Keir Hardie Say?

Greg Rosen  |  9 October 2015

This fascinating collection of essays is a timely reminder of Keir Hardie’s sheer achievement of founding the Labour party and the doggedness and courage it took. Essays emphasise his moral voice, the depth of his determination to overcome adversity, his Christian faith, and his socialism. Hardie was ‘a socialist not a statist,’ writes Melissa Benn. …

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Tipping point

Fiona Twycross AM  |  2 September 2015

Over the past few weeks, the extent of sharp practice over service charges and tips in the restaurant trade has been exposed with some chains charging between eight per cent and 10 per cent fees for dividing tips up between staff. In the case of Las Iguanas, waiting staff are required to pay three per …

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Where are the Tories in our leadership debate?

Mary Wimbury  |  20 August 2015

This week, we hear the Department of Work and Pensions has made up quotes from sanctioned benefits claimants for a leaflet. These fictitious people were pleased they had been sanctioned because it made them up their job search game. No wonder they had to make them up! My experience is those who are sanctioned often …

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Additional family hardship on the horizon

Donald Hirsch  |  12 August 2015

Since the election an important debate has opened up over how far state benefits should be underpinning family living standards. The government is clearly trying to reduce what it sees as unnecessary dependency, including for families in low-paid work. It has approached this from multiple angles. Significantly higher minimum wages and tax allowances will increase …

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Kendall’s revolutionary vision

Tom Levitt  |  3 August 2015

Liz Kendall’s leadership candidacy has broadened Labour’s agenda while focusing on the absolute need to win elections, which we can only do on a programme that includes all significant sectors of the population. She shows admirable courage in tackling difficult issues and has caused me to reconsider my own knee-jerk responses to government policies in …

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Do not be young

Gareth Smith  |  9 July 2015

There was a clear, simple and overriding message delivered by George Osborne from the dispatch box yesterday; do not be young. Do not be young and try and get a university education, unless you’re prepared to go it alone. Do not be young and try to enter the workplace, unless you accept that you do …

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Why Britain can dare to set a £10 minimum wage

Jeremy Adams  |  11 September 2014

What do Goldman Sachs, Barclays and the TUC have in common? They all pay the Living Wage. They are willing to pay £8.80 per hour inside London and £7.65 to employees in the rest of the United Kingdom. This summer the figure of $15 per hour has taken grip in America’s low pay debate, with …

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Low pay: the nation’s challenge

Alan Buckle  |  21 May 2014

I got a phone call from Rachel Reeves last September asking if I would do some work to encourage the living wage. It took me about a second to agree. I had seen the living wage campaign in action. I had seen in my business the difference it could make – helping people who were …

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The Buckle review is a welcome step forward

John Hannett  |  20 May 2014

Usdaw believes the Buckle review strikes the right balance between significantly increasing the national minimum wage over the next parliament and pushing forward the living wage agenda. It is right to recognise that the key vehicle to do this is the Low Pay Commission. The commission has played a pivotal role in making the minimum …

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