Delyn MP David Hanson has expressed concern that pay is still falling in Wales after research by Wales TUC shows that pay in Wales has fallen by £318 in the last year. The research also shows that average pay for people in Wales has fallen in real terms by 8.3% between 2010-2014.
Mr Hanson spoke as research by the Welsh TUC revealed that pay in Wales fell dramatically last year after years of stagnant wages. Between 2010 – 2014 the research shows that average pay fell by 8.3% in real terms, which Mr Hanson said was evidence that people in Flintshire are still struggling with a difficult cost of living crisis.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the figures for average earnings in Wales are £473.40 per week; well below the UK average of £518 per week. Flintshire is also below the Welsh average earning £422 per week.
Mr Hanson MP said:
“It is disappointing that pay in Wales is still falling, and has fell by a further £318 in the previous year. Many people in Flintshire are still struggling to make ends meet and are not seeing any signs of a recovery under this government.
This is why I believe that we need to increase the minimum wage to £8 per hour by 2020 and give tax incentives to companies that pay the living wage. It is vital that people in Flintshire have a decent income for the work that they do and the coalition government unfortunately just isn’t delivering it.”