low pay

  • Moving to The London Living Wage: A Guide for Local Authorities in London


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    This is a practical, comprehensive guide from CPAG and the Living Wage Foundation, which aims to help local authorities in London become accredited Living Wage employers.

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  • Submission to Greater London Authority on Low Pay and London Living Wage

    August 2013
    briefing

    CPAG sets out our views on how to tackle low pay and encourage take up of the London Living Wage in a submission to the Greater London Authority's economy committee.

  • Chancellor hints at real terms NMW hike

    16 January 2014
    news

    The Chancellor George Osborne is reported to be backing calls for the national miminum wage to rise to £7 per hour this October.

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  • Child Poverty Strategy is not a plan to end child poverty

    June 26, 2014
    press release

    Immediate Release

    CHILD POVERTY STRATEGY IS NOT A PLAN TO END CHILD POVERTY

    Commenting on today’s publication of the government’s child poverty strategy for 2014-17, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances.

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  • CPAG statement on Chancellor's NMW comments

    January 17, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the Chancellor George Osborne’s comments this afternoon on increasing the minimum wage above inflation, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is a very welcome suggestion from the Chancellor and it would do a great deal of good both for the poorest working families and for the economy.

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  • End of a Faustian pact: workfare and riots

    Issue 140 (Autumn 2011)
    article

    During the past three decades, Guy Standing argues, politicians struck a Faustian pact. In return for ‘labour market flexibility’, government would top up declining wages through subsidies and tax credits and redirect social protection from an emphasis on social solidarity and social insurance to means-tested social assistance. In the aftermath of rioting, they must now face the following fact: it is the economic policies they have supported that are a major cause of the underlying malaise.

  • Low pay, no pay churning: the hidden story of work and worklessness

    Issue 142 (Summer 2012)
    article

    Rather than the popular image of feckless people languishing in long-term unemployment, recent research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that the predominant experience of being out of work is one of moving in and out of low-paid, short-term jobs, and on and off benefits. This cycling, or ‘churning’, between work and no work, with people taking poor quality jobs that are often paid too little to move them away from poverty, not only runs directly counter to the dominant story about welfare dependency, but has also been largely ignored by successive governments. Tracy Shildrick outlines some of the research findings and argues that policy must now focus on the quality, as well as the number, of jobs available if work is to provide a lasting route out of poverty.

  • Minimum wage rise below inflation tightens squeeze on families

    March 20, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the decision by Ministers to adopt the proposals of the Low Pay Commission for a rise in the National Minimum wage below inflation, and a freeze for younger workers, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This is another turn of the screw on families working hard in the lowest paid jobs.

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  • Response to announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate

    October 31, 2016
    press release

    Responding today to the announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “A London Living Wage rate for 2016-17 of £9.75 is a beacon of good news on a pretty grim horizon for the capital's families. 4 in 10 London children live in poverty, over half of these children live in a family where someone is in work so the London Living Wage provides an important mechanism to reduce in-work poverty in London.

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  • The real problem is poverty, not problem families

    October 25, 2012
    press release

    In response to reports that Work & Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will later today deliver a speech on how the benefits system encourages problem families, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

     "It's not problem families but families faced with the problem of low pay and shrinking government help for families.

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