Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today show that in Flintshire 17,000 people are being paid below the living wage. The living wage is defined outside London by the Living Wage Foundation to be £7.85 an hour. This is the wage needed to cover the cost of living around the nation.
This news comes in after last month the government introduced deep cuts to working tax credits, which has seen 1,800 families in Delyn lose on average £1,300 a year. Seeing 3,100 children negatively affected.
This government is failing to deliver for working families in Flintshire. They promised us that they believe in a high wage economy, but what they have delivered after 5 years in government is economy that doesn’t pay its workers fairly. 1 in 4 people in Flintshire are earning below the living wage. They are struggling to pay the bills. This is because they are trapped in a low wage nation.
More needs to be done to ensure that the high skilled, high paid jobs are secured in Britain. Flintshire has many excellent employers who pay the living wage. I will continue to work with business to ensure they know the benefits of paying the living wage. Flintshire deserves a decent pay pack.