Louise Haigh MP supports Living Wage Week
Living Wage Week this year runs from Sunday 30th October to Saturday 5th November – campaigning to raise awareness of the need for a real Living Wage and celebrate responsible employers that commit to ensuring their staff earn a wage they can live on. The UK rate has increased by 2.4% from £8.25 to £8.45. This is 17% higher than the government minimum for over 25s which is £7.20 per hour.
In April 2016 the government raised the minimum wage rate for over 25s and changed its name to the ‘National Living Wage’. The issue is its no such thing- its not actually calculated according to what employees and their families need to live – but rather it is based on a target to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020.
Only the real Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in London and the rest of the UK – at the rate of £8.45an hour outside of London. Employers choose to pay this wage on a voluntary basis. The real Living Wage applies to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people face the same living costs as everyone else.
Louise Haigh MP commented: “I support the Living Wage Foundation – which is the independent movement of businesses, organisations and people – and share their belief that a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. In my own office, I am very pleased to employ an apprentice paid at the real Living Wage and am proud to campaign for a wage which meets the actual costs of living – rather than what the Government deems to be the minimum. For over half a decade wages have stagnated and millions of working people are struggling to make ends meet and I'm delighted that Labour is committed to introducing a real statutory Living Wage.'