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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2001): Minimum Wage - UK

THE MINIMAL PRICE OF GOOD HEALTH

J.N. Morris et al

New Review of the Low Pay Unit no.68, 2001, p.11-13

The minimum cost of a healthy lifestyle is calculated to be £131.86 per week for a single working man aged 18-30 living away from home. When the national minimum wage was introduced in April 1999 a man aged 18-21 would have had to have worked 51 hours, and at age 22 plus 42.5 hours to earn the disposable income to meet these costs.

IS THE MINIMUM WAGE DEBATE OVER?

Anon

Labour Research, vol.90, May 2001, p.10-12

The TUC is asking for significant improvements to the minimum wage scheme, including:

  • uprating of the adult minimum wage to between £4.50 and £5.00 per hour;
  • the abolition of the youth rate for 18-21 year olds;
  • more effective enforcement;
  • uprating based on annual references to the Low Pay Commission.