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Labour’s £10 Real Living Wage to give 5.6 million a pay rise

Speaking at Luton Town Football Club on Monday, Jeremy Corbyn will spell out Labour’s commitment to raising the legal minimum wage to at least £10 an hour by 2020.

Labour’s policy will mean:

  • 5.6 million workers will receive a pay rise
  • Full-time employees currently earning the Government’s National Living Wage will be better off by over £2,500 in 2020
  • 21-24 year olds currently earning the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be better off by over £4,500 in 2020
  • Labour’s Real Living Wage (RLW) will most benefit people outside of London and the South-East, with Northern Ireland having the highest proportion of employees effected, followed by the East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber
  • Labour’s RLW would be set by an independent Living Wage Review Body using the same methodology as the current voluntary living wage
  • The RLW would apply to all aged 18 and over

Speaking at a visit to Living Wage employer Luton Town FC on Monday, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, will say:

“Low pay blights the lives of huge and growing numbers in our country and fuels widening inequality. The government’s re-branding of the minimum wage to the national living wage hasn’t dealt with the real problems of low pay and rising cost of living.

“That’s why Labour will raise the legal minimum wage for all to at least £10 an hour by 2020, giving more than five and a half million people a pay rise in the process.

“Labour’s Real Living Wage will immediately boost the incomes and opportunities of more than 20% of the workforce, especially in sectors such as retail, care and hospitality.

“We know that where work pays, living standards rise and reliance on benefits falls. This is the right thing to do and a Labour government will be committed to rebalancing our economy so that no one and no community is left behind.”

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting, said:

“Theresa May promised to be a champion of working people; she has failed. The Tories are taking the country backwards; Labour will stand up for working families making them £2,500 a year better off in 2020.

“Only Labour will take the action needed to end the Tories' economic failure and introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour by 2020."

Labour’s £10 Real Living Wage to give 5.6 million a pay rise

Labour’s £10 Real Living Wage to give 5.6 million a pay rise Speaking at Luton Town Football Club on Monday, Jeremy Corbyn will spell out Labour’s commitment to raising the...

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is coordinating EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. 

Yesterday, Jeremy wrote to leaders of seven European socialist parties, allied to Labour and in government, to lobby, at every level of the EU, for the rights of British citizens abroad and to reaffirm Labour's commitment to the rights of EU residents in the UK.

This was followed by a government defeat in the House of Lords on the issue, meaning the Brexit Bill will now return to the House of Commons.

Theresa May has resisted Labour calls for the government to act unilaterally to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK. It currently looks likely to take the issue of rights for EU migrants in the UK and British migrants in the EU into what could be a difficult and unpredictable period of negotiations.

Those at risk unless the government takes action include 11,700 adult social care workers and 6,554 NHS workers in the East of England alone.

East of England MEP Alex Mayer added the following:

“It is high time Theresa May gave a guarantee to the EU citizens who have made the East of England their home, that they can continue to live here.

“We are talking about doctors working in our hospitals and researchers collaborating on scientific breakthroughs. These people, many of whom have lived here for years, paying taxes and raising families, deserve our respect, not to be treated as pawns in the Brexit negotiations.

"Theresa May must end the legal limbo."

"Theresa May must end the legal limbo" - Alex Mayer MEP

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is coordinating EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in...

Kevin Price has been selected as the Labour Party candidate to contest the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral election on 4 May 2017.

Kevin_Price.jpgKevin Price, who is a Cambridge City councillor and Deputy Leader of the Council, was selected after Labour Party members across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough backed him in a ballot.

As Deputy Leader, Kevin Price played a key role in negotiating the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Devolution Deal. He led on securing a landmark housing grant in the Deal for £100 million for housing associations across the whole deal area and £70 million for new council homes in Cambridge- the only devolution deal to include funding for new council homes. 

Cllr Kevin Price commented:

“I am very grateful to Labour members across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have put their trust in me to fight the Mayoral election in May. 

“Decisions taken in Westminster have failed our region and I look forward to making the case that, under Labour, we can do a far better job of running it ourselves.

“It doesn't have to be a choice between growth and prosperity for some whilst others are left behind, and under a Labour Mayor it won't be. Tackling poverty and inequality goes hand in hand with sharing Cambridge's growth across the whole area, tackling the housing affordability crisis and delivering far better road, rail and bus services for all.”

Kevin Price selected as Labour's candidate for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor

Kevin Price has been selected as the Labour Party candidate to contest the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral election on 4 May 2017.

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