UK living wage

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    Video caption: PMQs: Morden and Johnson on living wage level rise

    The prime minister is asked if the chancellor is planning to scrap a planned rise in the national living wage.

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    Video caption: General election 2019: Labour outlines budget proposals

    Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell outlines changes Labour would make in its first 100 days in power.

  3. Tory candidate in disability pay hustings row

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    Video caption: General election 2019: Tory candidate in disability pay row

    A Tory candidate has been filmed saying some people with learning difficulties "don't understand about money".

    Sally-Ann Hart, who is the Conservative candidate for Hastings and Rye, was appearing at a hustings on Thursday.

    She was defending sharing an article that said disabled people could be paid less than the minimum wage.

  4. How high could the lowest salaries go?

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    The National Living Wage will rise to £10.50 an hour by 2025, the government has said. So, how high could the lowest wages actually go?

    When it reaches £10.50, it will be two-thirds of the median (middle) wage. It is likely to affect one in four employees and will be extended to all employees aged 21 and over by the mid 2020s.

    But is there a limit to increasing the lowest wages and what are the benefits and risks of paying more?

    Read this analysis by Jonathan Cribb from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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    Video caption: Boris Johnson: National Living Wage rise 'is right thing to do'

    The prime minister says the National Living Wage rise to £10.50 will help people on low incomes.

  6. Raising Living Wage is 'delicate balancing act'

    Tej Parikh, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, has had his say on the Living Wage proposal. He said:

    Quote Message: All sides must be wary of playing a bidding war with minimum and living wages. Raising the thresholds is a delicate balancing act, as too high a bar risks forcing firms to reduce staff numbers amid elevated costs, particularly with Brexit disruption on the cards. It’s crucial that the approach is evidence-based, which is why the Low Pay Commission was set up in the first place.
  7. More work needed for Living Wage changes

    Reaction is coming in to Sajid Javid's National Living Wage pledge.

    Helen Dickinson of the British Retail Consortium told the BBC:

    Quote Message: There is nothing wrong with targeting higher wages. But the government needs to think about the cumulative impact various different measures will have on retailers. Their recent deposit return policy to reduce waste will add cost for retailers and there was disappointingly no mention of business rate reform or freeze. All of this adds to the cumulative pressures you have seen take their toll on the retail sector.

    Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, added:

    Quote Message: The government’s ambition is laudable but the path to doing so must be on the basis of clear economic evidence, with ample time for businesses to adjust to any changes. Companies already face significant cumulative employment costs, including pensions auto-enrollment, Immigration Skills Charge and the Apprenticeship Levy, so government must take action to alleviate the heavy cost-burden facing firms, or risk denting productivity and competitiveness.
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    Video caption: Tory conference: 'We are the workers' party' - Sajid Javid

    The chancellor says the UK will "end low pay altogether" by aiming to raise the National Living Wage.

  9. Living Wage pledge would 'end low pay'

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    Sajid Javid has told his party the living wage pledge would make the UK "the first major economy in the world to end low pay altogether".

    And he said cutting the threshold to 21 would "reward the hard work of all millennials".

    Other pledges made by the chancellor included:

    • Confirming provisional pledges made by his predecessor for £25bn to upgrade England's road network
    • Funding of £220m to improve bus networks
    • A £5bn boost to digital infrastructure
    • £500m for youth services, including building and upgrading youth centres