Living Wage

Wake Up to Reality: We Must Be Bolder With the Minimum Wage

Charlie Mowat | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

The advantages of raising the minimum wage seem to be very clear - motivated staff leading to higher productivity and lower turnover, a lower benefits bill and greater spending power in communities

The Minimum Wage Is Worthless Unless It's a Living One

Charlie Mullins | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

We need to make people want to work in this country and as far as I'm concerned we should abolish the National Minimum Wage, and replace it with a National Living Wage.

Jessica Elgot

Here's Proof An Extra £1.34 An Hour Can Make A Huge Difference

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

What difference does £1.34 make? According to a year-long study by the Living Wage Commission, it could be enough to end the "national scandal" of...

When Economic 'Recovery' Is Accompanied By Increased Homelessness and Hunger, We Need to Reassess Our Economic Indicators

Keith Taylor | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Rather than celebrating some abstract figure, the Greens are serious about creating an economy which serves the common good; an economy based on secure jobs that pay and enable people to live full lives.

IDS Has Most Government Staff On 'Poverty Wages'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has nearly two-thirds of government workers on less than the living wage of £7.65 per hour, acco...

Five Ideas for a Bold Labour Manifesto

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Voices from all wings of the Labour Party, left and right, have called for a bold, radical manifesto for 2015. Labour need to grab public attention with bright, clear and popular policies to ensure Ed Miliband is moving into 10 Downing Street on 8th May 2015.

Labour Has Betrayed Its Supporters by Voting for the Welfare Cap

Salman Shaheen | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.

It Is a Misconception That a Living Wage Will Help Workers

Joe Storey | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Nationwide implementation of the living wage would harm employment prospects for the lowest paid and those aiming to join the labour market, stifle any chance of a business led recovery and provide more money for the Treasury, not for hardworking people.

How Massive Has The Pay Gap Rise Been Between The Rich And Poor?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

The pay gap between the richest and poorest earners has "soared" in many parts of the country since 2000, new research by the Trades Union Congress ha...

Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?

Megan Hughes | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a recent interview in the Observer, Vince Cable admitted that he '[doesn't] understand why people need a million quid a year'. He isn't the first to question the growing divide between rich and poor, but he is one of the most high-profile politicians to do so in recent times...

Archbishop: Living Wage Will Stop Pay Squeeze

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has warned that millions of workers will not benefit from the economic recovery unless they are paid a living wage....

University of Birmingham Spends £30,000 on Injunction Against Students

Natasha Turner | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Turner

Many feel the cost of the injunction contemptible considering the wage disparity at the University of Birmingham. One student speculated that the amount spent on the injunction would go half the way to ensuring all support staff at the university received a living wage.

Osborne To Increase National Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

George Osborne has signalled that he is willing to raise the national minimum wage to £7-an-hour, an above-inflation increase. The current minimum si...

Firms Urged To Pay Staff More

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Businesses must improve their employees' pay next year after a "prolonged squeeze", Confederation of British Industry boss John Cridland has said. ...

Acting Together for Economic Justice

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Today's decision to cap the cost of payday loans did not emerge in a vacuum. It is the fruit of years of determined campaigning, which started in chu...

How the British Can Learn to Love Human Rights

Israel Butler | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Israel Butler

Human rights have become toxic in Britain. There is no genuine public debate over the issue - debates are supposed to be two sided, and progressive forces have not yet found a successful response to calls to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights... However, research on public attitudes suggests that this is a debate that pro-human rights forces could win.

London Needs Its Own Minimum Wage

David Lammy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
David Lammy

A London minimum wage may not be a panacea for all poverty in the capital, but it will provide a number of families with increased financial stability, and it will do so without jeopardising London's job market.

Rise in Living Wage Highlights Need for Fair Wage in the Arts

Pauline Tambling | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pauline Tambling

It is vital to nurture the skills of our up and coming talent to maintain our world-class reputation in the arts. The arts industry must stamp out this practice to afford opportunities for the brightest and best young people and to invest in the skills of the next generation.

Living Wage Week: Decent Pay Needs to Be a Given, and That Means a Compulsory Living Wage

Natalie Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

What's been missing in the public debate, and deserves particularly focus in this, Living Wage Week, is the failures of distribution of the wealth of our society that has seen millions left without the means of basic survival; that half a million people are, today, in the sixth-richest country in the world, dependent on food banks, should be considered a driver for major, immediate, change.

Let's Stop Subsidising Big Companies to Exploit Poor People

Salman Shaheen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Reverse the Tory trend towards equalising corporate tax rates for small and big businesses, push rates back up for large companies and lower them for smaller ones, and slash VAT to boost the high street. It's time to move to a basic principle of a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. It's time for a mandatory living wage.

Time to Get Serious...

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Russell Brand told us it was time for a revolution. And we can see the logic to his reasoning. People are suffering as never before, through no desire or fault of their own. And when the Appeal Court twice in one week have deemed government action illegal - over aspects of the NHS privatisation and on Workfare - it could seem that now is as good a time as any to revolt.

The Conservative Case for the Living Wage

Gavin Barwell | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics
Gavin Barwell

MPs are incredibly lucky. We have a job that we love. Most people are not so lucky. Many would love to work but don't have a job and many more do the right thing and take a job that doesn't pay very well and which they don't enjoy to make ends meet. These are the people whose side this Government must be on.

One In Five Paid 'Below Living Wage'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

One in five British workers earns below the so-called living wage, a report has revealed. Using the most recent figures available the study found 2...

Why Conservatives Should Support a Living Wage

Dr James Hannam | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

As people begin to earn money from a job, benefits are withdrawn, meaning that their net position is not very much better off. Here's where the Living Wage might help... I don't think paying the Living Wage can be compulsory. But this is a left wing campaign that Conservatives, including the Mayor of London and the Government, can and should support.

Sentamu Attacks Cameron Over 'National Scandal' Of Low Incomes

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK

John Sentamu has attacked David Cameron over the "national scandal" of low paid incomes in Britain, accusing the prime minister of offering only plati...