A low wage culture? Well yes if you live outside the economically overheated South East


The BBC has the article on its web site – see link above

With the exception of Norwich, Southend and Worthing all the other communities with low wages are in the industrial north. Turning to the highest paid towns in England they are all in the South East with the exception of Derby.

No government has taken radical enough steps to seriously address this imbalance and please don’t point to the Northern Powerhouse or Poorhouse, as I like to call it, because that is little more than a political sticking plaster to make it look like Government is addressing the issue.

A solution? Try to make Universal Basic Income work. It’s been tried in Canada and in some of the Scandinavian countries but it needs to be really tested as a radical solution here in the UK.

Paying a Living Wage

In a recent column for the Independent i, Archbishop of York John Sentamu addressed the importance of providing workers with the Living Wage. He says it is a social issue that will help move toward a fairer society. He notes that the Living Wage Commission he chaired found that five million people who earned at least the minimum wage may still require supplementary benefit or have to use food banks.


John Sentamu is right, that’s why I was more than happy to vote on Lydiate Parish Council to adopt payment of the Living Wage.