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Warrington North MP Helen Jones calls for speedy Living Wage review
10:20am Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in News
HELEN Jones MP has welcomed Warrington Borough Council plans to look at introducing a Living Wage to Warrington.
The council’s executive board approved plans for a panel to look at introducing the wage level, set higher than the National Minimum Wage at £7.45 on Monday night.
But the Warrington North MP who is a Living Wage campaigner, has called on them to make the move quickly to benefit the council’s own work force who are on wages below that higher range.
She said: “ I was staggered to find out that 848 staff employed by the council receive basic pay under £7.45 per hour. Like many other councils around the country we can ensure we put that right.
“The introduction of the Living Wage is a practical way the council can help some of the poorest paid people in Warrington. The council should lead the way. Once it has been introduced in the council pressure can be exerted on contractors to do the same.
“ It is great news that the council are looking at this but I am told it could take until the end of the year to make a decision. I would hope that the process could be speeded up.”