Is a Living Wage the Magic Bullet for Poverty?
This year's Living Wage Week, kicking off on 1st November, promises to gather more interest than usual following the government's announcement it will upgrade the minimum wage to a living wage... albeit not the
Living Wage called for by campaigners and already supported by over 1,800 employers. Critics have rejected its inclusion in the latest budget as a smokescreen for other cuts that make low paid workers worse off. Meanwhile, a fair pay war has broken out amongst employers and new programmes have been launched to guide low paid workers towards living wage incomes... Read more
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"The upshot is, the more you cost to employ, the more productive you're going to need to be." Quids in! editor Jeff Mitchell ponders the hidden implications of raising the minimum wage to a so-called living wage and asks whether, while raising workers out of poverty, it may also increase barriers to the long-term unemployed. Read the blog