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MP Backs Minimum Wage Increase

Tuesday September 30 2014

A LOCAL MP has backed plans to give a pay rise to Barnsley's lowest paid workers.

Michael Dugher has called for the minimum wage to be raised to £8.00 an hour by 2020 - giving a pay rise to 8 per cent of Barnsley’s lowest paid workers.

There are currently 5,400 people in Barnsley employed in a job paying the national minimum wage, the equivalent of eight per cent of the total jobs in the area.

The planned increase would increase a worker's wage by £60 a week and £3,000 a year.

"Too many people in Barnsley struggle to get by on low pay," Michael said. "Raising the national minimum wage would put an extra £3,000 a year in the pockets of 5,400 of Barnsley’s lowest paid workers."

What do you think? Do you agree? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by nab on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 15:40
that good on him lmfao a £1.40 a hour rise in 6 years it should be that now

Reply Posted by j on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 17:44
£8.00 an hour by 2020 omg - such extravagance, what on earth will we spend it on? What an absolute joke!

Reply Posted by Dave Massey on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 17:45
I think a relevant point here is that by increasing the minimum wage and holding back pay rises in the public sector (advising reduced pay rises for the private) the government is actually DEVALUING the work of people who have worked hard to get higher up the pay-scales. Thus undermining having any ambition to work, train or get extra qualifications to be promoted unless there is an equivalent rise in general wages.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 19:31
Oh Hey up Dugher is here again!

A 25p per hour "increase" in the MW over 5 years is an ABSOLUTE INSULT DUGHER!
IF labour get in power then it needs to go straight up to £8 an hour then incrementally up to £10 an HOUR if and only if you get in power next time.

Labour buzzword "cost of living CRISIS" - £1.50 an hour in 5 years ISNT going to alleviate the cost of living crisis OR stop people from having to claim various benefits to "top up their meagre wages is it DUGHER?

Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 20:54
Entirely agree with you Steveo, for far to long we have subsidised businesses with family tax credits for there workers to keep the wagers low.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 21:54
Tis the Neo-Liberal /Tory way LWAP, their "rhetoric" states that the poor must be kept in poverty and ANY economy has to have at least 3-10% plus of the working age populous in unemployment, to keep the poor subservient...

Reply Posted by lmao on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 22:15
I'm on £6.31 an hour, I work 40hrs a week n I bring home £252. £100 of that a week's goes to my rent then £60 - £80 on shopping then the rest goes to my 2 kids for stuff they need so I hope it does increase to £8 an hour might not be a lot to some but it would certainly make a difference to my life

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 22:39
do you have any deductions of your wage.

Reply Posted by Gill on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 08:43
I think its an absolute insult to people who have trained and work hard to better themselves in jobs n end up with not much more than this. Why should ppl go to college and get qualifications when you can get a minimum wage job and not be much worse off! Lets all go and stack shelves in a supermarket shall we???

Reply Posted by tut tut on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 09:44
A say nothing wrong with stacking shelves love, at least it's a job and I'm not on benefits so don't go slating people for stacking shelves, if the shelves wasn't filled how would you buy your food etc. Exactly, so a jobs is a job and to add insult to injury I'm a fully qualified teachers assistant and I have to work in a super market to provide for my family because majority of school would rather have a volunteer than pay for teaching assistants,

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 10:15
I'm sure he would like the low paid to get a rise, this would then justify the 11% pay rise that MP's are expecting to get ????

Reply Posted by 4ft11andshrinking on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 11:48
Am disgusted to think that the greedy sods in this country feel like they should pat the low paid workers on the head and say, " There, there"....unreal.

Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 14:45
Cut minimum wage to £5.50 an hour. Reduce social housing rents by 50%, so a 1bed flat costs £35 a week instead of £70.

Housing costs need to be tied to minimum wage.

10 years ago I got £5.50 an hour for cleaning, and rent was £34 a week.

Now a skilled job pays £6.31 an hour and rent is £71 a week for 1 bed flat in one of the poorest and least desirable parts of Barnsley.

Wages have not kept up with rent rises. The government has set rent and NMW, and it has increased rents by over 100% whilst it has increased NMW about 25%. Working people have been forced onto benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit.

As a low paid worker, wages are largely irrelevant. It is the rent that is most relevant and how much that is relative to wages.

REDUCE THE RENT and increase the wages, and rent will still be too much.

Rents continue to rise above RPI inflation every year (rising in real terms), whilst wages are falling in real terms, some of them are even falling in nominal terms

If rent is to carry on increasing like it does now, we need NMW to rise to £11 an hour by 2015..

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday October 2 2014 at 11:11
If minimum does indeed rise considerably like some people are asking, then I would hope that the current wages that are say around £10/h will increase too. I would hate to think that doing a well paid job that requires high expertise and years of training is paid roughly the same as a burger flipper - there is nothing wrong with flipping burgers, as a job is a job, but they shouldnt be paid similarly.

Reply Posted by tim on Thursday October 2 2014 at 11:18
all I can say Fred- if an expertise job only pays £10 an hour sorry cant be that expertise, I have a very expertise job and my hourly rate is well over £20 an hour, tool

Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday October 2 2014 at 19:37
I have to volunteer as a teaching assistant just to get in a school I work the same hours and I don't get paid just credit in away it's good for my cv n all but not good on my purse

Reply Posted by diane on Friday October 3 2014 at 17:39
We can't afford to wait that long, people are struggling now.why should we have to wait put it up now.

Reply Posted by really on Friday October 3 2014 at 18:55
Really it does not matter what minimum wage goes to everything else food, housing, energy, booze etc will increase as well and therefore nothing will change or am i the only one who sees this, if minimum wage went to £50ph you think a pint of milk would be £1.00? the only thing that would happen is that you would loose lots of jobs as company's would use more machines, supermarkets will shrink and have less staff like Aldi and Lidl.

Reply Posted by hail or rain on Friday October 3 2014 at 19:34
some footballers are on 250k a week milk is still £1 for 4 pints. bit of a daft statement,

Reply Posted by gazza on Friday October 3 2014 at 20:19
Oh yes @hail or shine the few footballers on massive wages. There's so many of them that they put the cost of living up. @really has a point. If the minimum wages rocket,then jobs will go and prices will go up. There's a few more earning minimum wage than there are well paid football players. Its a vicious circle.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday October 3 2014 at 19:02
That's a different slant on things @really. Food for thought.

Reply Posted by x on Saturday October 4 2014 at 09:43
its about time people in thee so called expertise jobs got off there pedstals fred and realised that if it wasn't for minimum paid workers they wouldn't have cummfy chairs to put their backsides on all day,pens to write with,clothes to go to work in, shoes to put on their feet,food to eat, shops to shop in,cups to put their coffee in,in fact they wouldn't have much really,and so called burger flippers as you so rudely refer to are stood on their feet 8 hrs plus a day so please show a bit of respect for hard working people and instead of looking down their snooty noses at minimum paid workers,they should be thanking them for doing the jobs,they think are below them