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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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Making the Labour difference everywhere

Keith Dibble  |  22 January 2014

One of the themes of this Saturday’s Third Place First conference will be about fighting every seat in every ward on every council. This is important because Labour in local government can and does make a difference even when we are in opposition I would like to tell you about my local authority of Rushmoor, …

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Being pro-business Labour

Stephen Beer  |  1 December 2013

Ed Miliband’s speech on living standards at the beginning of November received much attention. Tackling the ‘Wonga economy’ he proposed a tax break for companies that pay the living wage. This opened up another front in Labour’s attack on the coalition’s record on the cost of living. However, the Labour leader was further criticised for …

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How does Labour win in London in 2015?

Tessa Jowell MP  |  27 November 2013

First we must understand the characteristics of voters in our 12 marginal seats. They are made up of a high proportion of liberal opinion voters – well educated, tolerant, and politically opinionated – who deserted Labour mostly to the Liberal Democrats in the aftermath of Iraq. The other significant group are young professionals. What these …

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Our ambitions must not stop at a pay increase

Tessa Jowell MP  |  9 November 2013

At the close of Living Wage Week, it is important we look forward towards how we continue to grow the campaign for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. But first, I want to look back. We know how to use the procurement power of the state to secure better living standards for …

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Underpaid and female: five crucial steps

Mary Honeyball MEP  |  27 September 2013

Pay is suddenly and decisively on the radar. With almost half a million people in Britain now paid less than a living wage, in-work poverty has – thanks to Labour’s strong stance – become the problem everyone wants to solve. However, a neglected aspect of the discussion has been the impact of low pay on …

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‘Women do not want us to play the blame game’

Three Frontline 40 candidates hear the views of women voters High Peak is a mainly rural constituency stretching from Buxton to Glossop encompassing parts of the Peak District National Park. Local jobs, especially for women, are traditionally low paid and often part time. We need to offer better support to women, including affordable public transport, …

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Living wage is no joke

Rory Palmer  |  5 April 2013

For those of us who care about living standards Monday of this week, 1 April, was no joke. April Fools’ Day it may have been but for people on the receiving end of the government’s savage clobbering of the welfare system that day will have very real consequences. As if that were not enough, a …

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Rejoining the north European mainstream

Simon Deakin  |  15 February 2013

The campaign to increase the £6.19 an hour national minimum wage to a living wage of £8.55 in London and £7.45 in the UK should be supported on the grounds of both equity and efficiency. The living wage is good for families and workers, but also for firms and for the UK economy. Joint research …

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The Osborne trap

Jacqui Smith  |  10 December 2012

One of the most surprising things about George Osborne’s omnishambles budget statement was that it undermined his reputation as a canny – some might say devious – political operator. The autumn statement has gone some way to restoring this reputation. His proposal to cap benefit payment increases has set a potential trap for Labour. We …

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