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Labour Candidate Backs a Stronger Minimum Wage to Help People in Sutton Cope with the Cost of Living Crisis

Monday 19 May 2014

Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, has backed Labour’s plans to strengthen the national minimum wage to ensure that people in Sutton and Cheam who do a hard day’s work are rewarded for doing so. Those on the lowest pay are at the sharpest end of the cost-of-living crisis. Families are on average £1,600 a year worse off since Paul Burstow backed the Tory-led Coalition and the value of the national minimum wage has declined by five per cent over the same period.
In September 2013 Ed Miliband asked Alan Buckle, former Deputy Chairman at KPMG, to investigate how to strengthen the minimum wage. The report, published today, argues for a new framework to ensure that the minimum wage rises faster over the next five years than it has in the recent past, as part of a national mission to tackle low pay and build a new economy with more high skill, high paid jobs.
The report recommends that the next Labour Government should set the Low Pay Commission a five-year target to increase the minimum wage to a more stretching proportion of median earnings. Ms Brothers said:
“I’m proud that the last Labour government introduced the National Minimum Wage. This boosted pay for millions at the bottom of the labour market without leading to a loss of jobs and now I can’t imagine a Britain without it.
“The issues we face today are different to those we faced at the end of the last century. That’s why I believe we need to strengthen the national minimum wage so that local people on low pay are properly rewarded for the work they do.
“Bringing the increase in the minimum wage closer to median earnings over a five-year period will help us build an economy that works for everyone and not just a few at the top.”

 

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