Following new statistics that show that nearly a quarter of employees in North West Leicestershire are earning less than the living wage Labour Parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire has called for an end to low pay in Britain.
Statistics now show that 24% of jobs in North West Leicestershire are paid less than the living wage. The figure jumps to 37% for women, 45% for part time work and 49% for women in part time jobs.
Labour has proposed to raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour by 2020 and to give tax breaks to companies that pay the living wage. Locally a Labour run District Council has also promised to pay the living wage and ensure all businesses that work with the Council are living wage employers.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“We must end the issue of low pay in Britain. We may have many more people in work but the reason this Tory and Lib Dem Government have failed to get the deficit down is because of low pay, we’re collecting too little in tax and spending too much supporting people who are in work but not earning enough.
For nearly half of the women who are in part time jobs in North West Leicestershire to be paid less than the living wage is a disgrace; and it’s 45% for men and women in part time work. We need urgent action and that’s why Labour is promising to up the minimum wage and give tax breaks to those businesses that pay a living wage.
Labour will end Britain’s cost of living crisis and get rid of our deficit by ending Britain’s low wage economy.”