Liv­ing wage de­bate

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JENNY JONES Green Party Mem­ber of the Lon­don Assem­bly

THE Chan­cel­lor has an­nounced a higher min­i­mum wage for peo­ple over 25 from next year, but he has con­fused ev­ery­body by call­ing it a liv­ing wage.

The idea of a liv­ing wage goes back cen­turies – in 1776 Adam Smith said ev­ery­one who worked should be ‘tol­er­a­bly well fed, clothed and lodged’.

In Lon­don you need to earn £9.15 per hour for that ba­sic stan­dard of life, as cal­cu­lated by Lon­don City Hall. The ‘Lon­don Liv­ing Wage’ is much higher than the new min­i­mum wage the Chan­cel­lor an­nounced for over-25s. As the Mayor of Lon­don has cham­pi­oned the liv­ing wage in Lon­don, I want him to join me in call­ing for a gen­uine liv­ing wage for all Lon­don­ers. The min­i­mum wage should be raised up to £9.15 per hour, so ev­ery­one can build a life on their day’s work.

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