By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I attended a parliamentary event where I joined calls for the real living wage to be paid.

In Delyn, 12% of workers, 15,000 in total, earn less than the voluntary Living Wage. In Wales, this figure is 23%, a total of 255,000 people. This occurs with the backdrop of gross domestic household income in Wales currently standing at £16,341. That’s 14% below the national average, while the rate of relative low income (after housing costs) is 23%.

The 2017 child poverty rate in Delyn stands at 18%.

Sadly, there are no Living Wage accredited employers headquartered in Delyn. But this does not mean that there are no Living Wage employers in Delyn. There may be some branches of businesses who operate in Delyn and pay the Living Wage. Read more “Calling for the real Living Wage”

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I have recently obtained figures which demonstrate that if Labour had won the General Election 17,333 workers in Flintshire would now be getting a pay rise. This is because Labour promised at the General Election to implement a new £10 an hour real living wage.

The current national minimum wage stands at £7.50 an hour for over 25s. The minority Government calls this a ‘living wage’ but in reality it is barely covering the ever increasing cost of living. UK inflation is currently running at a near four-year high; currently standing at 2.6% for July 2017. Because of this false ‘living wage’ being delivered by the Conservative Government we saw wages only increase by 2.1% in July 2017 – lagging behind inflation. Read more “Labour’s Living Wage”