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An en­cour­ag­ing 94 per cent of work­ers in the Ruther­glen con­stituency earn more than the na­tional min­i­mum wage.

But MSP Clare Haughey says the UK Gov­ern­ment is not do­ing enough to sup­port low in­come work­ers, re­new­ing calls to raise the Na­tional Liv­ing Wage to the level of the in­de­pen­dently as­sessed Liv­ing Wage.

More than 1200 em­ploy­ers in Scotland are Liv­ing Wage ac­cred­ited, in­clud­ing Ms Haughey.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing that 94 per cent of work­ers earn above the na­tional min­i­mum or Liv­ing Wage,” she said.

“How­ever, the UK Gov­ern­ment is fail­ing low-in­come work­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang by re­fus­ing to raise the min­i­mum wage to the in­de­pen­dently cal­cu­lated real Liv­ing Wage.

“Although the powers to set the min­i­mum wage re­main re­served to West­min­ster, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has taken steps to en­sure that over 1000 em­ploy­ers now pay a real Liv­ing Wage.

“Ev­ery­one de­serves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and so the UK Gov­ern­ment must in­crease their so-called Na­tional Liv­ing Wage to that of the real Liv­ing Wage for all work­ers in Scotland.”

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