Britain needs a pay rise to tackle child poverty and improve social mobility
“The government has made the crisis worse with social security cuts that have hit low-paid working families hard.
“In-work poverty can only be tackled through higher wages and a decent safety net for those who fall on hard times. This means a higher minimum wage and encouraging employers to pay fairer wages through living wage agreements and new wage councils. It also means the government must stop its assault on social security that is hurting low-paid workers as well as those seeking jobs.
“Britain needs a pay rise to tackle child poverty and improve social mobility. Ministers must work with unions and employers to ensure that the benefits of our recovery are shared fairly throughout the workforce.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
– The ‘State of the Nation’ report is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/state-of-the-nation-2013