The National Living Wage might not right every wrong when it comes to low pay but it is a step in the right direction. It will benefit millions of people over the next few years.
I think it is shameful that some of South Yorkshire’s leading politicians have resorted to scaremongering about pay because Conservative policy does not chime with their unrealistic views.
The truth is they are keen to knock the pay rise because it wasn’t their idea. Perhaps they wish they had implemented it? It just shows how easy it is to snipe from the sidelines.
The new policy will be enforced as strongly as the minimum wage and workers aged under 25 will still need to receive the minimum wage. The age restriction was introduced because unemployment is generally higher among young people aged 16 to 24.
The minimum wage is set at the highest level possible without costing young people and the economy jobs and opportunity. It also fits in neatly with other policies including the increase in the tax threshold.
The Conservative Party’s commitment to raise pay and cut taxes will really benefit South Yorkshire workers.
This was confirmed in the Star’s recent coverage of the policy’s impact in Sheffield.
The great news comes in 2020 when the National Living Wage will be £9 an hour!
Coun Nick Allen
(Conservative), Bessacarr ward, Doncaster