Graph: How the minimum has failed to keep up with the cost of living

As the graph from Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones demonstrates, in recent years the National Minimum Wage has failed to keep up with London’s rising cost of living.

Only the Living Wage has managed to do so, which is why it’s so important to make the case for a Mandatory Living wage in London (the London Living Wage is currently £8.80 an hour; and 400 employers pay it voluntarily).

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  • tangentreality

    So what? Why don’t people in London move away to other areas of the country like everyone else has to? Just because they’re born within the M25 doesn’t make them sacrosanct.

  • futtruytuiuiy

    How anyone can discuss inadequate minimum wage and not mention immigration is out of touch immigration has kept wages low which big business love

    Please sign the Daily Express petition to stop EU
    immigration. Over 21,000 have signed online (thousands more on paper) in less
    than a week.

  • Nick

    which is why making a “real” minimum/living wage the legal requirement, is important. These EU immigrants living in our country also need enough money to survive. As long as the employer was applying the law correctly, the origin of the worker would be irrelevant.

  • treborc1

    But they did not we have a meat packing plant which has so many fines for not paying the min wage it now only employing people from Poland and even buses them in weekly, and the low pay unit has not bothered with it since it gave a warning it would move out of the UK.

  • James

    I don’t oppose a hike in the minimum wage, but why limit it to London?