I wish the media in general and journalists would not write that the “living wage” has kicked in as they did on Friday, April 1,2016.
I know this April fools day, and Osborne is playing a big trick on the people.
All we have is a small increase in the minimum wage.
A wee step towards the living wage wage, which MAY kick in in 2020, “Jam tomorrow” but today?
The aim is £9 a hour in 2020.
But if we take cost of living today, that would be nearer £10 a hour, and this is someone working 40 hours a week.
People ,besides paying essential bills, electricity, gas, water rates, rent or mortgage and putting jam on the table need leisure time,
Whether it is a social drink in the local, an occasional family meal out, going to the pictures or watching/participating in a sport.
Not to mention the a holiday break.
These are part of a healthy life.
This quality of life can’t be achieved on the minimum wage.
As I have written, this increase is a SMALL step in the right direction but there is a long way to go to having a fairer and equal society, this can happen with the help of a living wage.
“Jam tomorrow and every day but not today” Osbourne motto.