Sunday, 4 November 2012

Labour backs living wage

The Observer reports that Labour plans to deliver a “living wage” of well over £7.20 an hour – rising to £8.30 in London – for workers in both the public and private sectors. The former Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, says the party is considering introducing the initiative to lift people out of poverty. He adds that financial incentives could be offered to local authorities and other employers that require their private contractors to pay the living wage. Elsewhere, the BBC reports that Newcastle City Council has agreed to pay its employees the living wage. The authority says paying the living wage to staff will cost it around £1m extra every year, but this cost will be met through “internal efficiencies”. It is noted in the Independent that there are now 19 local authorities which have been accredited as “living wage employers”.

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