The minimum of minimum

I remember when the minimum wage was £3.20. It was bad enough then.

15 years on the wage is still not enough to cover the basics, especially not for a family – this story is interesting:

Crackdown highlights enforcement challenge

In light of the “naming and shaming” this week of 115 companies that failed to pay workers the minimum wage, the FT considers how the government plans to enforce George Osborne’s ‘national living wage’, which starts next year. So far, the government has relied on HMRC to enforce the minimum wage, but the national living wage could prove more of a challenge. The number of people paid the minimum wage is set to surge by 65% in April to more than 2.5m, when the new legal rate of £7.20 an hour kicks in. In light of this, the government is to create a director of labour market enforcement to co-ordinate the various agencies (including HMRC) that deal with non-compliance. Financial Times
How do people survive on less than £7? It’s shocking.

And as for tax credits….

This blog is for UNICEF.

Thanks for reading. 


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