Hancock: care workers can’t have ‘Real Living Wage’ – but let’s remember he offered them a nice badge

Right after offering carers a badge instead of genuine government investment, Matt Hancock has denied them the real living wage. Let’s clarify, quickly: the real living wage is a wage that covers real living expenses, and is currently set at £10.75 in London and £9.30 in the rest of the UK for anybody aged 18 and older. Hancock came out with the mealy-mouthed excuse that carers are already paid the National Living Wage, which is only £8.21 – and applicable only to people aged over 25. It doesn’t cover the…

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A revolutionary thought: What if the government stood up for working people?

How many employers get away with paying substandard wages – putting workers into poverty and making them struggle to pay for the basic requirements of life – because the Department for Work and Pensions forces benefit claimants to take those jobs, even if they are worse-off as a result? Labour has said it will reform the benefit system. If so, one of the major changes must be to ensure that no claimant is forced to take a job that does not pay the actual living wage (not the fake Tory…

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Tory/Lib Dem protest voters: Think again – Brecon and Radnorshire is NOT a ‘Brexit by-election’

Labour’s candidate in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election has appealed for voters to remember that there is much more to the August 1 by-election than Brexit. “There are far greater issues than just Brexit,” said Tom Davies, whose campaign has been said to be lagging behind those of vapid Liberal Democrat leaflet-spammer Jane Dodds (Remain) and convicted criminal Chris Davies (Leave) – both of whom have little to recommend them other than the chance to record a pointless protest vote about the decision to leave the European Union. “We’re looking…

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Owned: Scrounging skinflint Tory Nigel Adams gets what he deserves

Labour has announced that, the next time the party is voted into office, it will extend the adult living wage to cover people aged 16 and 17. That means it will be £10 per hour. This didn’t go down well with Nigel Adams, the Conservative MP for Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire, whose political career (so far) has been conspicuously inconspicuous. He was a Wales Office minister and a government whip, but resigned over Theresa May’s Brexit talks with Theresa May. “Why not throw in a free iPad and…

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Don’t believe the Tory propaganda – the ‘National Living Wage’ rise is leaving people WORSE-OFF

Big announcement from the Treasury today: Good news alert! ✅ The National Living Wage is going up to £8.21 an hour today. 👉 Check your pay to make sure you’re getting the increase. 👍🏾 #ChangesForYouhttps://t.co/iX9sS83qe9 pic.twitter.com/Zz6Okb9e3Y — HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) April 1, 2019 But is it really such a great thing? Today the government's ‘National Living Wage’ rises to £8.21 for over 25’s. Despite this, #NLW workers are over £1500 worse off than workers on the real #LivingWage. Join over 5000 employers going further than the gov minimum. https://t.co/3ryUFCq3YP pic.twitter.com/vqJgvQNcMr…

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An end to Osborne’s pay ‘con’? Labour plans £10 living wage

The Labour Party is renewing its promise to boost the Tory minimum wage – recently mis-renamed the ‘National Living Wage’ – to make it live up to its new title. The Tory version of the living wage falls far short of its name, and will worsen over time, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility. Labour promised to boost it to the full amount in the run-up to the general election in June – and is renewing that promise today. Here’s a report from LabourList: Labour today continues its wave of…

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Lend Corbyn your nomination, Labour MPs – let’s have a REAL debate

If any of you have been struggling to work out whether you know anything at all about Jeremy Corbyn, you are not alone! This Writer has also been at something of a loss with regard to his personality and achievements. So let’s all be grateful to Owen Jones, who knows Mr Corbyn well, for scribbling a few details into his latest Guardian comment piece. According to Owen, Mr Corbyn is: The very antithesis of the negative caricature of an MP: he’s defined by his principles and beliefs, uninterested in personal…

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Burnham’s anti-welfare stance will lose him my vote

Will somebody from the Common Sense wing of the Labour Party please stand for the leadership? Today The Guardian is reporting that leadership favourite Andy Burnham has decided to pander to big business rather than stand up for the common people. He said he was prepared to support cuts to social security in order to counter claims that Labour gives scroungers an “easy ride”. What stupidity! He would do better to counter the claim that all political parties give an easy ride to lazy business bosses who exploit the working…

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Labour’s new policies show it has been listening

The Labour Party has announced a series of new policies intended to improve conditions for both small and large industries in the UK. They are the latest in an apparently-unending flood of new policies to be placed before the public since the ‘long campaign’ began in earnest at the beginning of the year. It seems likely that they follow on from a series of in-depth public consultations, such as ‘Your Britain’, that the party has always said would contribute to the shape of its 2015 manifesto. For once, it seems,…

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Labour plans ‘biggest devolution of economic power and funding for generations’

Today’s most interesting election announcement comes from Labour, which is promising to deliver “the biggest devolution of economic power and funding to England’s city and county regions for generations”. Plans to devolve £30 billion of funding over five years – including funding for housing, transport, business support, employment and adult skills – will be at the heart of the next Labour government’s Spending Review, if elected in May. A Labour Treasury will allow city and county regions which come together in combined authorities to keep 100 per cent of extra business…

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