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Local MP expresses concern that pay is still falling

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.”