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Labour Urge Council to lead the way on the Living Wage

With next week marking National Living Wage Week, Brighton and Hove Labour have called on the Council to show leadership in supporting the push for a living wage across the City.

The Brighton and Hove Living Wage Campaign, led by the local Chamber of Commerce and supported by over 90 local employers, is calling on businesses to voluntarily pay all their employees at least £7.45 an hour.

Independent statistics consistently show Brighton and Hove as one of the most expensive places to live in the country. In addition to ever-rising utility bills, both rental and housing costs continue to rise well above wages. Statistics published last week showed none of the 1,662 homes for sale across Brighton and Hove would be affordable for a young family on an average income.

Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group said:

"Labour on the city council has backed a local living wage since the campaign was launched. With wages frozen, people in less secure jobs and bills rising, the Living Wage is needed now more than ever to tackle the cost of living crisis.

As a major local employer itself, the Green-led Council need to show clear leadership on this issue, setting a positive example to local employers to pay workers a minimum of £7.45 an hour and ensuring its contractors and suppliers pay the living wage."

Labour Leader Ed Miliband has proposed ‘Living Wage Zones’, offering businesses tax incentives if they pay the living wage. If Labour is successful both nationally and locally in 2015, one of the first acts of my Council administration will be to push for Brighton and Hove to be one of the first areas to benefit from the scheme.’

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