Living Wage key to tackling poverty, says former Stroud MP
4:01pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
LABOUR’S Parliamentary candidate David Drew has called on more employers to pay their staff the Living Wage after a Government report claimed working parents in Britain ‘simply do not earn enough to escape poverty’.
With inflation rising faster than pay, the former Stroud MP believes action must be taken to confront the problem of low wages.
Responding to a report by the Government’s social mobility tsar Alan Milburn, which highlighted the fact that two thirds of children in poverty have at least one parent in work, Mr Drew said increasing wages for the poorly paid must be a made a priority.
The Labour Party politician described the report as a ‘sad indication that employers are paying poverty wages’ and said it showed that ‘we need to focus on the Living Wage as a way to bring people out of poverty.’
Earlier this month Stroud District Council, which is run by an informal coalition of Labour, Lib Dem and Green Party members, introduced the Living Wage of £7.45 an hour for all its employees.
The move, which has been welcomed by Mr Drew, has also been praised this week by the Green Party group leader Molly Scott-Cato.
She said: “While the policy to pay those working for SDC a living wage is a great achievement it is just a first step towards ensuring that nobody in the Five Valleys has to work for poverty pay.”
“We now need to move on to ensure that our contractors also pay the living wage and to establish a registration scheme for good local employers who are also committed to paying a living wage.”
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