UK GOVERNMENT NOT DOING ENOUGH TO ADDRESS LOW PAY
The minimum hourly rate that a person can earn and expect to be able to afford food, housing, and utility bills for themselves and their families has been recalculated from £8.25 to £8.45 – an increase of 20p per hour.
The Living Wage is independently calculated every year and measures the overall cost of living. The Living Wage Foundation registers employers who pay all employees a living wage as ‘accredited living wage employers.’
This year, the UK Government introduced the “National Living Wage” which is the legal minimum hourly-rate an employer can pay employees who are over the age of 25. At £7.20, it is £1.25 per hour less than the Living Wage.
Commenting Mr Crawford said:
“The new Living Wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of workers across Scotland and in my constituency ensuring that people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living.
“I would encourage all businesses to consider becoming Scottish Living Wage employers. For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense – it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover, while sending a strong signal to customers about fairness.
“With millions of workers worse off as a result of the UK Government’s welfare cuts, and low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, employers can make a real difference by choosing to pay the real Living Wage.”
Commenting, Stirling MP Steven Paterson said:
“As the current Living Wage rate increases, it is clear now more than ever that the Tory UK Government is hopelessly out of touch on this matter. Their implementation of what they call the ‘National Living Wage’ is simply a smokescreen for what in reality is merely a revised minimum wage. At £1.25 per hour lower than the Living Wage itself, a person working full time for the National Living Wage will earn around £2,600 less than the annual cost of living.
“Businesses who have voluntarily moved to a living wage should be commended and I know that those who have done often report greater productivity and a better staff morale. My colleagues and I will continue to call on the UK Government to adopt an approach that encourages businesses to pay a fair wage and to abandon attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of low paid workers.”