The Living Wage Commission said the fall in take-home pay had left millions of workers struggling to make ends meet [Image: Nick Ansell/PA].

The Living Wage Commission said the fall in take-home pay had left millions of workers struggling to make ends meet [Image: Nick Ansell/PA].


Can anybody honestly say they are surprised by this revelation?

And what do you think the Conservative Government will do about it?

I’ll tell you: Nothing.

The ‘national living wage’ (NLW) falls short of providing a decent standard of income to low-paid staff and will need to increase sharply to offset rising rents and slowing wages growth, according to campaigners against low pay.

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 NLW for the over 25s, introduced in April, 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.

Source: National living wage ‘failing to provide basic needs for lowest paid’ | UK news | The Guardian

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