United Kingdom - Living wage fails to provide basic needs for lower paid - September 30, 2016

The ‘national living wage’ falls short of providing a decent standard of income to low-paid staff because of rising rents and slowing wages growth. After a six-month review, the Living Wage Commission said it had assessed the ‘best available evidence on living standards’ and concluded that the £7.20 an hour national living wage for the over 25s, introduced in April 2016, was failing to provide the basic needs of low-paid households. The commission said the fall in take-home pay across the country after the 2008 banking collapse, and slow wages growth in the past eight years, had left millions of workers struggling to make ends meet. Wages need to increase at a faster rate than rising rents, petrol prices and heating bills to continue closing the gap with higher-paid workers, the commission said.

English: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/21/national-living-wage …  

Report: http://www.livingwage.org.uk/sites/default …  

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