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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2005): Minimum Wage - UK

Low pay: is it getting better under Labour?

M. Meacher

Working Brief, issue 168, 2005, p.10-11

The National Minimum Wage in the UK has been set too low to be effective in lifting the working poor out of poverty. Twenty-three per cent of UK employees are still low paid, with almost seven million earning less than 6.50 per hour. To be effective in alleviating poverty, the minimum wage needs to be lifted to 6.70 per hour to align with the Council of Europe Decency Threshold.

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