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#908096 - 3rd Nov 2014 9:57am UK 'living wage' raised to £7.85 per hour
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What is the living wage?
Thousands of low paid set for pay rise
Minimum wage up to £6.50 an hour
The UK "living wage" - an hourly rate based on the amount needed to cover the basic costs of living - has been raised by 20p to £7.85.

The voluntary rate has been adopted by more than 1,000 employers across the country, benefiting 35,000 workers.

It is now 21% higher than the compulsory UK minimum wage, set at £6.50 by the government.

The rate in London will rise from £8.80 an hour to £9.15.

Firms who have signed up to the voluntary scheme include Barclays, Standard Life, the National Portrait Gallery, as well as many local councils and charities.

On Sunday, Citizens UK, the community organisation behind the Living Wage project, said the number of companies paying the rate had more than doubled in the past year.

Lack of 'opportunity'
Despite this rise, research published on Monday by accounting firm KPMG - a supporter of the wage - found 22% of the working population earn less than the 2013 Living Wage - which was set at £7.65 an hour.

It said more than five million people were paid below that rate, and that women were more likely to earn less than men.

"This research is further proof that more workers are getting stuck in low paid work with little opportunity for progression," said former Labour MP Alan Milburn, the chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

He added that "far more needs to be done" and that both employers and government should take responsibility.

The living wage is an informal benchmark, not a legally enforceable minimum level of pay, like the national minimum wage.

The national minimum wage is set by the chancellor each year on the advice of the Low Pay Commission. It is enforced by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

The living wage is currently calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, while the London living wage has been calculated by the Greater London Authority since 2005.

The basic idea is that these are the minimum pay rates needed to let workers lead a decent life.

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#908097 - 3rd Nov 2014 9:58am Re: UK 'living wage' raised to £7.85 per hour [Re: Mark]
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We should all at a minimum have a "Living Wage".
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#908201 - 3rd Nov 2014 7:08pm Re: UK 'living wage' raised to £7.85 per hour [Re: Mark]
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We should all at a minimum have a "Living Wage".


Yeah, an equal one, london should not be any different.
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#908264 - 3rd Nov 2014 8:44pm Re: UK 'living wage' raised to £7.85 per hour [Re: Mark]
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How do you get around the fact that housing rent is so much more expensive in London though?

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#908265 - 3rd Nov 2014 8:46pm Re: UK 'living wage' raised to £7.85 per hour [Re: venice]
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How do you get around the fact that housing rent is so much more expensive in London though?
Everything in London is so much more expensive. A Living wage should reflect that.
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#908276 - 3rd Nov 2014 9:05pm Re: UK 'living wage' raised to £7.85 per hour [Re: Mark]
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