The living wage

York Press: The living wage The living wage

In response to Matthew Laverack’s letter of June 25, headlined “Higher wages could hurt employers”, I must point out that the Living Wage Commission’s report does not in fact call for the living wage to be made compulsory.

The report acknowledges that a rise in staff costs would not be affordable for some firms, and is also clear in spelling out the risks of regulation. Instead, the Living Wage Commission, chaired by the Archbishop of York, is calling on leaders of the main political parties to adopt the goal of increasing voluntary take-up of the living wage.

The report sets out how it is possible to bring at least one million people out of low pay and up to a living wage with no adverse effects on the economy. Around 5.2 million people earn less than the living wage and the majority of people in poverty live in working households. The living wage stands at £7.65 an hour, with the London rate at £8.80 per hour. The national minimum wage is £6.31 an hour.

The emerging recovery means that thousands more businesses are now able to pay a living wage; more than 700 organisations do so.

The Rev Malcolm Macnaughton, Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of York, Bishopthorpe, York.

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12:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

The Great Buda says...

Oh course if people where paid a decent and honest living wage, they'd be able to spend more. So shops and other buisnesses would benefit.

The other knock-on effect is that the strain on our Taxes would deminish, so again people would have more of their money in their pockets to spend.
Oh course if people where paid a decent and honest living wage, they'd be able to spend more. So shops and other buisnesses would benefit. The other knock-on effect is that the strain on our Taxes would deminish, so again people would have more of their money in their pockets to spend. The Great Buda
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5:09pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Jonothon says...

True, and despite the predictable knee-jerk reaction from Mr Laverack, research proves that there is no effect on employment levels

Recent studies by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, found no adverse employment effects from higher minimum wages. That research was last year. Similar research in the UK when the minimum wage was introduced found there was no substance to predictions of job losses
True, and despite the predictable knee-jerk reaction from Mr Laverack, research proves that there is no effect on employment levels Recent studies by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, found no adverse employment effects from higher minimum wages. That research was last year. Similar research in the UK when the minimum wage was introduced found there was no substance to predictions of job losses Jonothon
  • Score: 8

11:11pm Fri 27 Jun 14

roadwars says...

So why are we able to comment on this letter when comments weren't allowed on Laverack's original letter?
So why are we able to comment on this letter when comments weren't allowed on Laverack's original letter? roadwars
  • Score: 8

11:58pm Fri 27 Jun 14

daveyboy25 says...

Because of the greed from the top ie government, you need a reasonable wage to just get by
Because of the greed from the top ie government, you need a reasonable wage to just get by daveyboy25
  • Score: 5

2:37pm Sun 29 Jun 14

CaroleBaines says...

Inequality is rife at the moment and getting worse. No decent employer would deny good workers the living wage and those would do, probably deserve a reciprocal lack of loyalty.
Inequality is rife at the moment and getting worse. No decent employer would deny good workers the living wage and those would do, probably deserve a reciprocal lack of loyalty. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 5
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