1 April 2014

The TUC, using ASHE data, has published an analysis of how far the living wage is paid in different parts of Britain. The TUC analysis is here.

In Cornwall 29.7 percent of all full time workers and 44.6 percent of all part time workers were paid less than the living wage in April last year, £7.45 an hour outside London then but now £7.65. The TUC has published the figures for both local authorities and parliamentary constituencies; there are striking differences among the Cornwall constituencies.

I have argued in several blog posts that workers in Cornwall should be paid the living wage and that Cornwall Council should take the lead in this. I put these posts at the foot of this one. There is a mountain to climb in Cornwall but there are very bright spots: Abbeyfield Society care homes in Britain are to pay the living wage. There are ten Abbeyfield Society homes in Cornwall. Excellent news and well done indeed Abbeyfield.

ASHE Annual survey of hours worked and earnings, published by the Office for national statistics (ONS)

Previous posts on the living wage are here

Cornwall and the decency threshold 7 November 2013

Penzance town council, a living wage employer 29 October 2013

Now is the time for Cornwall 12 October 2013

Cornwall Council and the living wage 16 August 2013

Living wage for Cornwall 22 July 2013

Cheers, Jude Robinson 29 October 2012

A proper Cornish wage 10 May 2012

Progress to a living wage 29 June 2011

A living wage for Cornwall 17 May 2011

The pro-Cornish wage 31 August 2010

And these are relevant

The living wage (House of Commons library note) 11 November 2013

What are the benefits of the living wage? from the Living Wage Foundation

Home truths by Vidhya ALEKESON and Giselle CORY, Resolution Foundation 12 July 2013

Low pay Britain by Matthew PENNYCOOK and Matthew WHITTAKER, Resolution Foundation 29 September 2012

What price a living wage? Matthew PENNYCOOK, Resolution Foundation 7 May 2012

Minimum wage: maximum impact Alan MANNING, Resolution Foundation 17 April 2012