Put MPs on minimum

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An employee on the minimum wage next year when increased to £7.20 an hour will earn, if they get 40 hours a week, £288 before tax and national insurance deducted, totalling a year, if full time, £14,976.

Where does the government get the average wage in the UK to be £26,000, which is £12.50 an hour if on 40 hours a week? You’d be lucky if tradesmen earn that amount. You can guarantee when the minimum wage increases, there will be cutbacks to hours worked for full-time staff, creating more part-time work.

Put politicians on the minimum wage and see if they can be bothered to turn up at work – they wouldn’t get out of bed for £7.20 per hour.

G Ellison