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 British workers earns below the so-called living wage, a report has revealed. Using the most recent figures available
As people begin to earn money from a job, benefits are withdrawn, meaning that their net position is not very much better off.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.
John Sentamu has attacked David Cameron over the "national scandal" of low paid incomes in Britain, accusing the prime minister
As you may well know, last week Labour leader, Ed Miliband, announced that if Labour were to form the next government they would encourage businesses to pay employees the Living Wage (approximately £8.55) by cutting business rates or tax levels for those that do. As someone who employees 20-30 people (some on PAYE and others freelance) at the London Jewellery School, I whole-heartedly welcome these plans.
Ed Miliband has thrown further support behind the living wage, claiming that Labour would offer tax rewards to companies
Treating employees with dignity and respect is not just good for people, it's good for business. Research shows that workers are more productive when they're happier,
Being honest about the limits that face us but having a clear set of priorities shaping our actions allows for a more honest, more human and more humane politics to be shaped.
The Treasury would save over £2 billion a year if workers were paid the Living Wage because of higher income tax payments
The campaign to pay a "living wage" to all public sector workers gained momentum as two more government departments indicated