Benefit’s of city’s step

Lancaster Town Hall.
Lancaster Town Hall.

I am delighted to see Lancaster City Council move one step further towards becoming an accredited living wage employer. This vital step would ensure that everyone who works for Lancaster City Council, directly or indirectly, would be paid at least the living wage of £7.65 an hour compared to the minimum wage of £6.31.

The City Council’s decision would affect workers contracted through the council’s procurement schemes, and Labour is committed to going further and help increase the number of private sector employers paying the living wage.

I recently welcomed the Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins MP to the White Lund Industrial Estate to meet with employers including David Brayshaw at Aqua Engineering Systems who told Toby and myself how welcome Labour’s pledge to freeze and reassess business rates in 2015 would be. Other employers we spoke to also made it clear how much they cared for their staff and wanted to pay a fair wage. That is why Labour will make it more affordable for employers to do so by giving tax breaks to businesses who pay the living wage, thereby helping both employees and employers.

Paying the living wage to local workers makes good economic sense for everybody in Morecambe and Lunesdale. Employees will have more cash in their pocket and will spend their extra wages in local shops and businesses. The evidence shows that many employers who have introduced the living wage experience a lower turnover of staff, lower absenteeism, greater loyalty and a higher morale, all of which leads to better performance.

I would like to hear the views of employees and employers on this – please get in touch with me at aminaloneformorecambe@gmail.com, and look out for me on the doorstep.

Amina Lone

Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale.