Thirteen million people in the UK live in poverty. Half of those people live in a household where someone is in work. How can this be?
A crucial reason is that more than 5 million people today in Britain are on low pay. That’s one in five working people, more than almost every other developed country. In fact there are only six developed countries who rank below us.
A labour government will halve the number of people on low pay in Britain, changing the lives of more than two million people. We will raise the national minimum wage to £8 over the course of the next parliament and we will give a 12 month tax break to businesses that sign up to pay the living wage.
We would love to hear from you, and in particular on these three questions:
Should tackling low pay be a priority issue for Britain’s next Government?
How else do you think a Labour Government could tackle low pay?
Do you have personal experience of the impact of low pay?