Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new proposal to raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour to help some of the lowest paid workers in Flintshire.
Speaking after Labour Leader Ed Milliband announced the policy at Labour’s annual conference, Mr Hanson backed the rise of the minimum wage to above living wage levels to be a success for workers and lead to greater economic activity in north Wales.
The planned increase would take the NMW from £6.50 in October this year to £8 by 2020 – a rise of £1.50 an hour for Britain’s lowest paid workers worth £60 a week or £3,000 a year.
The wage rise, which will be implemented by the Low Pay Commission over the course of the next Parliament in consultation with business, would be based on a plan to boost the NMW from 54% to 58% of median earnings by 2020.
David Hanson MP said:
“Too many people in Flintshire are working long hours but still struggling to make ends meet each month. Raising the national minimum wage would put money in people’s pockets and help ensure they have a bit more income which they can then put back into the north Wales economy.
A higher minimum wage would tackle the cost of living crisis and will give the lowest paid people fair pay for the work they do, so I’m pleased to back the policy.”