Particular thanks to Professor Ruth Lister, Dr
Alan Finlayson andMelissa Benn for their invaluable
feedback and suggestions on an earlier
discussion paper. I am also indebted to Neal
Melissa Benn and Neal Lawson eh? My God this is going to be terrible, isn\’t it?
Inequality curtails freedom.To be sufficiently
free we must be sufficiently equal,
but too many people simply do not have
the resources to make free choices,
That\’s just the opening lines. And yes, my God this is awful. For no one has sufficient resources to make free choices: all of us are constrained.
Introduce a living wage, a minimum wage based on an analysis of the actual income required for an
adequate standard of living, bringing more people out of poverty, reducing dependence on in-work benefits
and helping to ensure that work always pays.
Yes, it is total crap for we already have this. The Joseph Rowntree thing said that you need around £13,500 to not be living in poverty. But that\’s a pre tax number. Post tax that\’s around £11,500 and if you work full time full year on hte current minimum wage then you make, pre-tax, around £11,500.
So, the minimum wage is a living wage: if only the State weren\’t knicking 20% of it to spend as the State wishes.