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Archbishop of York Calls for Workers to Get Minimum of £7.65 an Hour

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7:50am 10th February 2014

A report from a body chaired by the Archbishop of York says all workers should be paid at least £7.65 an hour.

The Living Wage Commission, chaired by Dr John Sentamu, says 6.7 million people who are classed as in poverty are also working. For the first time, more than half of those in poverty are also in a job.

The report says the rising prices and bills are combining with flat wages to put a double squeeze on family finances.

One in five people working in the UK earns less than the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour, a figure which has gone up by 9% in the last year.

Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York and Chair of the Living Wage Commission, said today:

“The idea of making work pay is an empty slogan to millions of people who are hard pressed and working hard; but find themselves in a downward social spiral. They are often in two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Meanwhile the UK taxpayer picks up the bill in tax credits, in-work benefits and decreased demand in the economy."

“With the economy showing signs of recovery, employers that can pay a Living Wage must do so. They should choose between continuing to make gains on the back of poverty wages, or doing the right thing and paying a fair wage for a hard day’s work.”

The final report from the Living Wage Commission is due in June.

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