Leonard: Poverty pay on rise

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Nearly half a mil­lion peo­ple are earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage in Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

Anal­y­sis of the Scot­tish labour market in­di­cates that 470,000 peo­ple are now earn­ing less than the liv­ing wage of £8.75 per hour.

It rep­re­sents an in­crease of 53,000 on the 417,000 peo­ple cited in the re­port for 2012.

The hourly liv­ing wage rate for adults in 2012 was set at £7.20.

Scot­tish Labour leader Richard Leonard said: “Un­der the bro­ken econ­omy of the SNP and the Tories, more and more peo­ple are on poverty pay in Scot­land this year, than last – in­clud­ing some of the most val­ued work­ers in so­ci­ety.

“Labour gov­ern­ments at Holy­rood and West­min­ster have a plan to end poverty pay, in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­ing a real liv­ing wage of £10 an hour and an in­dus­trial strat­egy that will de­liver high­wage, high-skill jobs across Scot­land.”

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