I have received figures from the Living Wage Campaign which show that 34.1% of people in work in Delyn earn less than they need to live on. The figure for Wales is 24.7%.
The Living Wage Campaign is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. They accredit businesses as Living Wage employers to demonstrate that they pay their staff a wage calculated on the real cost of living.
When you combine these dreadful figures with those of child poverty and employment you can see that Delyn is being left behind by the UK Government. We know that some parts of Delyn have child poverty rates, after housing costs, of 42.6% (Holywell Central ward). This is not just a problem isolated in small parts of the constituency. The figures show that child poverty is high in all areas of Delyn. A quick snapshot shows that poverty rates stand at: Read more “Less than a third of Delyn workers earn what they need to live on”
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”
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”