A new report is calling for a Greater Manchester ‘living wage’ after it was revealed that the lowest-paid 10 per cent of workers have to survive on less than £6,500 a year.
The study, produced by Manchester-based think tank New Economy, has revealed that real wages and incomes of the lowest paid in the city have fallen dramatically, alongside substantial increases in the cost of essential goods and services.
Now Labour’s Lucy Powell is urging the Government to engage with local government and businesses to work out how a Manchester living wage can be brought into effect to tackle low pay in the city.
She has pledged to make it a key part of her campaign 'Putting Manchester First'.
Lucy Powell, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, said:
"The living wage is a really important idea. This new report shows that Manchester workers are paying the price for this Government’s failed economic policies and need real help now as they struggle to make ends meet.
"Labour supports the campaign and I’ll be campaigning to bring together business with national and local government to hammer out the best way to deliver a Manchester living wage.
“The Tory-led Government said we were all in this together, but they’re giving a tax cut to millionaires while making thousands of low paid Manchester workers earn less and pay more.”