Living Wage

Why I'm Calling on John Lewis to Pay Its Cleaners the Living Wage

Jane Lambert | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Jane Lambert

A consistent response from people signing the petition has been one of shock and disbelief that the John Lewis company which promotes itself as a fair and ethical retailer should treat a part of its workforce so unfairly.

A Nursing Crisis

Beth Britton | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Beth Britton

When most people think about nurses, it's usually hospitals that spring to mind. Occasionally some people might identify with their local GP practice nurse or district nurse, but suffice to say that nursing is very much seen within the confines of the NHS. Yet what about social care?

Spin or Substance? The Chancellor and the Living Wage

Angus Ritchie | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Angus Ritchie

The real impact of a Budget isn't clear until a little later, when the dust begins to settle. Announcements that seem very clever in the Commons chamber can lose their lustre under more extended scrutiny.

Ikea's Commitment to the Living Wage Represents More Than Just a Pay Rise

Pernille Hagild | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK
Pernille Hagild

It is the core of our values to treat people equally and decently. We believe in paying a fair wage for all co-workers regardless of how old they are and that also takes into account where they live. We agree with the Living Wage Foundation's definition of the "Living Wage", and whilst we think that the government has taken a step in the right direction, it doesn't go far enough.

This Brilliant News From Ikea Will Make 4,500 Of Its Workers Really Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Ludicrously cheap furniture, shops you can get lost in for hours, tasty meatballs at the cafe when your feet hurt from shopping... and there's now one...

Good News for Care Workers Means Tough Choices for Local Authorities

Carys Roberts | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Carys Roberts

While the higher national minimum wage means that local authorities will spend more on care, some of that spending will return to the Treasury. The Chancellor should redirect some of that increased revenue to help stem the deepening crisis in the care sector.

Get Tougher On Tory Welfare Plans, Andy Burnham Says

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics

Andy Burnham has declared his strong opposition to Tory benefit cuts by urging Harriet Harman to reject the Government’s Welfare Bill unless ministe...

After That Budget, Labour Needs a Kick up the Arse

Catherine Wyatt | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine Wyatt

A measure designed to "kick British businesses up their lazy arses". That was the humorous remark made by an unnamed Cabinet member to The Times this week, following George Osborne's announcement that by 2020 corporation tax will be cut to 18%... if businesses pay their workers a new living wage of £9.00 an hour.

The Living Wage Will be an Economic Disaster for Britain

Sean Howlett | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

Politicians and campaigners backed by special interest groups have long harped on about the 'Living Wage' and why businesses should be forced to start...

A Budget That Leaves Working People Worse Off

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Three million working families will bear the brunt of the Chancellor's £4.5billion cuts to tax credits. These changes to tax credits - which he failed to outline prior to the election - penalise the very people in work who are trying to do the right thing by earning a wage to make ends meet.

Invest in Our Future

Jeremy Corbyn | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jeremy Corbyn

I am calling for a people's quantitative easing - and asking my fellow candidates to join me in that call. The Bank of England must be given a new mandate to upgrade our economy to invest in new large scale housing, energy, transport and digital projects. This would give our economy a huge boost: upgrading our outdated infrastructure and creating over a million skilled jobs and genuine apprenticeships... But none of this was in the Budget. The Conservatives have chosen to keep on the path of managed decline.

Budget Blues - Not for George

Iain Anderson | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

Radical and reforming - always good words to be associated with any politician. Well George Osborne will have those epithets in spades in days to com...

National Living Wage Announced By George Osborne...But Only For 25s And Over

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics

A new National Living Wage was announced by George Osborne today – but only for those aged 25 and over. In the first Tory-only Budget for 19 year...

Inequality Has Hit Our City's Youth the Hardest - We Must Make Sure No Child Slips Through the Cracks

David Lammy | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Lammy

Dear Kenny... You're absolutely correct. From the housing crisis, to the spiralling cost of living, to the growing chasm between the richest and poorest, our city faces a range of issues that urgently need addressing.

Boris Johnson Just Solved Andy Murray's Wimbledon Problem

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has claimed that cutting the 45p tax rate would spur Andy Murray on to win Wimbledon - but admitted a living wage would need to be broug...

The Female Face of Low Pay

Kitty Ussher | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

There is work to be done to break the low pay trajectory of women who never properly get themselves into a situation to be able to work full time. This is about free pre-school childcare, and the ability to retrain while at the same time having an income and sorting out a family: issues which our benefits system has traditionally found it hard to grapple with.

Findings on Welsh Poverty Shame the Whole UK

Amelia Womack | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

Yesterday, Welsh assembly members issued a long-overdue warning over the government's failure to effectively tackle poverty. While poverty in most regions of the UK has fallen in recent years, in Wales the figure has remained static.

Living Wage: It's Not Only the Right Thing to Do, It Makes Business Sense Too

Mike Kelly | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Mike Kelly

From a community campaign which had its roots in East London less than15 years ago, we now have a mainstream movement recognised by 4 out of 5 citizen...

Getting By in the UK

Jayne Sykes | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Jayne Sykes

Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?

What Labour Can Learn From Poldark

Jac Heanen | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jac Heanen

The difference between Poldark and the real economy is that Mr Miliband could conjure a wage rate out of thin air. In September last year Labour answered worker's calls when they announced a large uprate in the national minimum wage to £8 should they get into power.

Why I Want Wales to Be the First Living Wage Country

Andrew RT Davies | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew RT Davies

Conservatives have always backed those who want to get on in life, roll up their sleeves and do a hard day's work. We always have and we always will. That's why I want Wales to lead the charge on being the first living wage country of the UK and I'm proud that it's Welsh Conservatives who are the ones doing it.

Church Embarrassed By Living Wage Revelations, But Won't Back Down

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted the revelations that some jobs in the Church of England are paying below the Living Wage - despite its calls...

Whether You're a Football Club or a Business, Paying the Living Wage Is Just Good Sense

Rachel Reeves | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Rachel Reeves

Given the positive reaction both Chelsea and West Ham fans have had to their clubs' support of the living wage, it's hard to understand why this is such a battle. A survey for the GMB union found that 84% of football supporters want Premier League and Football League clubs to pay their staff a wage they can live on. It's the right thing to do, and the goodwill that paying the living wage would create would be huge. Making sure people are paid a decent wage is not just the right thing to do, it's good for working families, it's good for business and it's good for the economy.

Welby Follows Pope In Demand For Economic Justice

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

A living wage, good and affordable housing, and excellent education and training are all key to a good economy, the Archbishop of Canterbury said toni...

The Growing Demand for a £10 National Minimum Wage

Alan Wyllie | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It isn't hard to find evidence of income inequality in the UK. One easy way of showing the blatant inequality in our society is by comparing the rises in NMW against the raises of CEO salaries over the same time period. If the NMW had risen at the same rate a CEO's salaries then the NMW would now be a whopping £19 p/h. With that in mind, a £10 per hour NMW does not seem too much to ask.