minimum wage

  • 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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  • 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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  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


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    A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

  • Miliband proposal on minimum wage would lock fairness into the growing economy

    May 19, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the Labour leader Ed Miliband’s announcement today on the minimum wage, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The inconvenient truth is that for too many families, work isn't a route out of poverty – two-thirds of poor children live in working families.

    “Tackling the UK's low pay problem will reduce the burden on tax credits and housing benefits, freeing up resources to target back to those who need most help.

    “As the economy grows it is only right that everyone shares the benefits including the lowest paid and this would lock fairness into the growing economy.”

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  • 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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  • Zero-hour contracts are wrong type of growth

    April 30, 2014
    press release

    Commenting on new analysis published today by the Office for National Statistics showing the number of zero-hour contract jobs is higher than previously thought, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy, Rights and Advocacy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “It’s not enough to look at how much the economy is growing, we need to look at how the economy is changing too. We need a recovery all can share in and which isn’t built on the backs of more working families stuck in low pay or the insecurity of zero-hour contracts.

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