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When the living wage is not enough

Graeme Atherton  |  21 November 2014

The very need for ‘Living Wage Week’ at the beginning of November highlighted the distorted nature of a labour market allegedly ‘on the up’. The best-paid group are on 3.7 times the pay of the bottom 10 per cent. This compares with a ratio of 3.5 in 2000 and equates to a five per cent …

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Rise of the middle earner muddle

Victoria Silver  |  11 November 2014

Today’s economy, while growing, is doing very little to push people out of low pay. Add to this the fact that, according to a BritainThinks poll, many Londoners class themselves as ‘outsiders’, struggling to succeed and believing that owning a home is a pipe dream. You can therefore see why speakers at last week’s Progress …

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We all need to be champions for a living wage

Fiona Twycross AM  |  7 November 2014

This week the Living Wage Foundation announced that there are now over 1,000 employers in the UK who have signed up to the accreditation. Many of the companies that are signing up have big profits but relatively few low-paid workers. This makes them ‘low-hanging fruit’ as the cost of becoming accredited is marginal. Companies with …

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London’s squeezed middle: What can be done to help the capital’s modest earners?

Claire Kober  |  5 November 2014

London is a fantastic world class city and we have some of the best schools, education facilities, jobs and opportunities. Our communities are diverse and largely cohesive and the cultural experiences people can enjoy as part of living in the capital are limitless. It is because of this, people are prepared to compromise in order …

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Rods for our own back?

Tom Levitt  |  1 October 2014

As a loyal former Labour member of parliament I occasionally supported policies for which my passion was less than total. Yet rarely did I sense a whole queue of them steaming up together, like proverbial London buses, as they appear to me today. I am talking about minimum wage, mansion tax, ‘after Scotland’ and the …

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‘Business buy-in’ provides opportunities for our young people

Sarah Hayward  |  29 July 2014

Youth unemployment remains too high. This Tory-led government have done little to prevent a lost generation. Labour in Camden refuses to give up on our young people, despite losing 50 per cent of our council budget. That is why we are doing all we can – making every pound count – to equip young people …

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When minimum becomes basic there’s a problem

Sally Keeble  |  30 June 2014

When the minimum becomes the basic there is a problem. Last week’s report ‘Work that Pays’ from the Living Wage Commission sets out the shocking extent to which British workers have become trapped in low pay. Adopting the report’s recommendations, which include a roadmap to get 1,000,000 more workers onto the living wage, would transform …

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The living wage is an important beacon of hope

Victoria Winckler  |  24 June 2014

The idea that workers should be paid enough to have a basic but acceptable standard of living is nothing new. Campaigners have argued for a ‘living wage’ since the 1870s, with the idea being reinvigorated by community groups, in the 2000s. The Living Wage Commission, set up under the Chairmanship of the Archbishop of York, …

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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 minimum wage: its history and future

Nick Thomas-Symonds  |  11 April 2014

Fifteen years ago, on 1 April 1999, a national minimum wage was finally implemented. It was set at £3.60 per hour, with a lower rate of £3 for those aged 18 to 22. The 1997 Labour manifesto had set out that: ‘Introduced sensibly, the minimum wage will remove the worst excesses of low pay (and …

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