By coincidence, the existing pre-tax minimum wage for those in full-time employment is almost exactly the same as what the living wage would pay after tax and National Insurance.
But it’s nice to see how word gets around. I was the first person (in a blog for the ASI) to actually make that point. Way back when the Living Wage campaign first started in fact, back when it was still being done by the Joseph Rowntree peeps. It got right up their noses that I did the calculation too: and I’ve been gleefully updating it each year as the minimum wage and the Living Wage change.
Madsen once pointed out that the purpose of the ASI was to be the lonely voices howling madness in the wilderness. After a few years our points would gradually move into the mainstream and be just accepted facts upon which all would agree. Don’t worry too much about being able to claim credit for these things, went the advice, just rejoice when a point you’ve made does become that mainstream.
That’s another one that’s on the move then……