Firms ‘have moral duty’ to pay the real liv­ing wage

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THE new Deputy Leader of the SNP has said there is a moral and eco­nomic case for em­ploy­ers pay­ing the liv­ing wage.

Keith Brown, speak­ing at a Poverty Al­liance fringe meet­ing at the SNP Con­fer­ence in Aberdeen, said how peo­ple are treated at work is im­por­tant.

He said the more em­ploy­ers are en­cour­aged to pay the liv­ing wage of £8.75 per hour then oth­ers will have to fol­low suit.

Keith Brown said: “It be­comes less cred­i­ble for em­ploy­ers to say it puts them at a dis­ad­van­tage if ev­ery­one else is pay­ing it too.

“There is a straight­for­ward moral case but also an eco­nomic case. The money will be paid and it will be spend on liv­ing costs in shops and on ser­vices.”

He did not, how­ever, give his back­ing to calls to in­crease child ben­e­fit by £5 a week.

Mr Brown said: “There is a view as to whether that is the most ef­fec­tive way of spend­ing the money.”

He did en­cour­age cam­paign­ers to talk to So­cial Se­cu­rity min­is­ter Jeane Free­man.

Cam­paign­ers said that they want to tar­get the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try to en­cour­age more ho­tels to pay the rate.

Keith Brown

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