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David Ellesmere: I'm proud the Council I lead is a Living Wage employer

Low pay is a continuing - and indeed worsening - problem for families in Ipswich.


I’m really proud that Labour-run Ipswich Borough Council has become an accredited Living Wage employer but this is a purely voluntary scheme and many employers have not signed up.

Living Wage IBC 

However there are encouraging signs that the Living Wage is starting to be taken more seriously.

Last month UNISON and the Church of England reached a landmark agreement to turn all the Church’s 4,700 schools into Living Wage employers.

And a raft of top business leaders, including the chief executives of Kingfisher and Nomura, have called for the Minimum Wage to be increased at a faster rate now the economy is starting to recover.


So I was really pleased that Ed Miliband has announced that the National Minimum Wage would be raised to £8 an hour by a Labour Government. This would make a real difference to people on the current Minimum Wage of £6.50 and would save the Government money as they stopped subsidising low-paying employers through the benefits system.

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