Nationally, the living wage campaign is supported both by a range of individuals and organisations:
‘The capital relies on the work of many who carry out the city’s essential functions on a daily basis – from office cleaners to care-workers in social services. It is right that their skills and commitment to London’s success are recognised, and one of the most fundamental ways of doing this is to ensure that all Londoners are paid properly. That means receiving at least the London Living Wage, which is designed to combat poverty and also ensure that people are better off in work than out of work‘
‘The absolute minimum needed for a basic existence, calculated by this approach, shows that the minimum wage falls well short of what’s needed. More than a pound an hour short in fact. This means that anyone receiving the minimum wage is receiving poverty wages. And in 21st century Britain this is just not on.‘
– Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party and an MP for Brighton Pavilion.
– Ed Miliband MP, Labour leadership contender.
Keeping people’s wages below the breadline has a knock-on effect on not only on the family unit, but the wider community in terms of anti-social behaviour and crime. This in turn places further burden on services like the police. Insisting on a living wage would alleviate this.”
– Diane Abbott MP, Labour Leadership contender
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