Living wage is ‘vital’, says East Lothian MSP

Iain Gray MSP

Iain Gray MSP

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Local MSP Iain Gray believes the living wage needs to be more actively promoted after figures showed that 90 per cent of Scots think that companies should pay it.

There are more than 4,600 people in East Lothian paid less than the living wage, currently set at £7.65 an hour.

For those working full-time on the minimum wage, it would mean an annual raise of £2,600.

Mr Gray said: “The living wage cannot be something the Scottish Government pays lip service to.

“The living wage is good for our communities and good for our economy here in East Lothian and it is vital that we do more to promote it.

“It is time now to step the campaign up a gear.

“Labour is proposing a £1000 tax rebate to employers who pay the living wage, as well as establishing a National Living Wage Strategy reporting and accountable to parliament, to further the case for the living wage so that everyone gets a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.”

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