Living Wage Week is the perfect time to recognise those companies who are fighting the cost of living crisis by paying their staff the living wage, Labour’s Dr Purna Sen says.
Purna, the Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion, also hopes Labour’s announcement of tax breaks for Living Wage companies will encourage others to increase pay to £7.45 an hour.
Purna said: “It’s great that 102 companies and third sector groups in Brighton and Hove have signed up to the Living Wage. But the number of local private sector firms still paying below the £7.45 Living Wage is above the national average.
“Labour’s tax break scheme will not only be an incentive for more firms to get on board, but also put cash into the local economy. Going out to work should provide enough to meet the cost of living.”
One of the local companies paying the Living Wage is the long-established R & M Scaffolding, they see it as the fairest way to operate.
Michael Middleton (pictured with Purna) said: “For me as an employer signing up to the Living Wage isn’t just a question of fairness it’s also a practical way to support local families facing ever-increasing price rises for the essentials.
“Ed Miliband’s tax break plan for Living Wage firms is a great way to encourage other companies to sign up.”