Archbishop John Sentamu: Britain could lift 1m out of poverty with living wage

A blueprint to lift one million people out of low pay by 2020 is published…[this week], and could adopted by Labour if it wins power at next year’s general election.

A commission chaired by Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, calls on the Government to champion the gradual introduction of a living wage higher than the national minimum wage in sectors that could afford it. But it rejects the idea of imposing a higher wages floor by law.

The living wage is currently £8.80 an hour in London and £7.65 an hour outside the capital. The minimum wage is £6.31 an hour.

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4 comments on “Archbishop John Sentamu: Britain could lift 1m out of poverty with living wage

  1. Br. Michael says:

    Ok. If it were that simply you could require wages be raised to $500 an hour and make everyone rich.

  2. Chris says:

    “living wage” needs to be in quotes, I mean really it is a social construct and nothing more.

  3. David Keller says:

    Bishops area of operations is sin and salvation. They should confine their actions to that theater.

  4. Capt. Father Warren says:

    It must be something in British Tea that causes British Bishops and Archbishops of Canterbury to wallow in economic pronouncements, that if they were theologically based, would have gotten them tossed out of seminary for such flaccid thinking.