Rachael Maskell calls for a living wage for York

New figures released show that the cost of living crisis is having a disproportionate impact on people living in York. The average wage has fallen by £3580 in real terms since 2010 in comparison to the increases in food, fuel, utility and house rents. In particular, public sector workers have seen an average of 15% freezes and cut to their wages since the last general election. Private sector workers have also experienced reductions in their wages and standards of living fall.

Increased job insecurity through the use of zero-hour contracts and minimum wage employers results in financial insecurity for so many families, and has a negative impact on the local economy.

Large organisations in York like Nestle, Aviva and the City of York Council have all become living wage employers, as have small organisations like the Golden Ball pub, and staff report the benefits that this brings to them. With inequality growing in wages in organisations, we need to ensure that those on low incomes do have enough to pay the rent and the bills from.

Rachael Maskell Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for York Central has today written to York’s major employers to begin a process of working with them to commit to becoming Living Wage employers.

"While Labour has committed to raising the National Minimum Wage to £8/hour, I believe the special circumstances that impact on the cost of living in York need to be addressed. Part of the solution is ensuring that there is a fairer distribution of wages, and the Living Wage seeks to achieve this."

"The Living Wage is calculated on the basis of the basic cost of living and is currently £7.85 an hour. Paying the living wage will mean that families will be less dependent on benefits to support them in work, that business will be able to retain and recruit staff more effectively and most important of all, families will have a wage that they can live off. The local economy will also benefit from the Living Wage being paid, as low earners are more likely to spend their money locally".

Over the coming weeks, Rachael Maskell will work with local employers to assess what assistance is needed to enable them to pay the Living Wage.

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