Statement from Cllr Peter McDonald:
“I will be asking the Leader of the Council at the next Council Meeting to write too Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to leave low-paid workers struggling on less than the minimum wage by increasing its 80 per cent contribution to workers’ wages to 100 per cent, so that those on minimum wage get their full pay if their bosses do not top up their wages, after he extended the furlough scheme to March next year.
It is important that help is given to low-paid workers struggling on less than the minimum wage. The Office for National Statistics have revealed that two million low-paid workers who were furloughed under the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme were surviving on less than the minimum wage of £8.72 an hour for people aged at least 25.
It’s completely unfair and not right to expect millions of low paid workers on furlough to survive on less than the minimum wage. We must to our best to see our residents are looked after and not forced on the streets because they cannot afford to pay the rent.”