On Church Action on Poverty Sunday (3 March 2019), our local group in the North East questioned local mayoral candidates about their plans to loosen the grip of poverty in the region. Group member Tony Wood shared this report with us.
Our Communications Manager Liam Purcell reflects on news that the government plans to make businesses publish the gap between the pay of their chief executive and an average worker.
Some end-of-the-week reading: five interesting links we came across this week.
When George Osborne announced his new minimum wage rate of £7.20 it seemed a glimmer of hope amidst a challenging budget. The cuts to tax credits could leave many low-paid workers actually worse off, but at least employers are being asked to play their part in moving Britain away from a low-wage economy.
But there’s a problem. Tom Skinner, Cordinator of the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, explains.
United Reformed Church minister Mike Walsh has written an open letter to the new Prime Minister which has had a huge impact. It’s been shared over 100,000 times on Facebook, and appeared in the Mirror and Independent newspapers. Read the full letter below the line.
A new campaign to promote Greater Manchester as a Living Wage Zone launched at the Greater Manchester Churches Together General Assembly on Monday 28 October.