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Low paid workers wages too low to live on

Issue No. 2209

Low paid workers are increasingly struggling to get by because of soaring inflation, research suggests.

In order to maintain an absolute minimum standard of living, a couple with children must earn £26,900, an increase of £1,600 according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

In order to maintain an income of this level, a single person would have to earn £7.38 an hour, while a couple where both parents worked full-time would need to earn £7.60 an hour each, the foundation said.

But both of these levels are well above the minimum wage, which is £5.80 an hour.

The foundation said people on low incomes face a far higher rate of inflation than that reported by the government’s measure of inflation—the consumer prices index (CPI).

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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