North Cornwall MP calls for fairer deal for minimum wage earners
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has called for measures to be put in place to get a fairer deal for people earning the minimum wage.
Lib Dem Business Minister Jo Swinson has announced that on October 1the national minimum wage will rise to £6.31 per hour for people aged 21 and over. It will rise to £5.03 for 18-20 year olds, whilst the under 18 rate will go up to £3.72 per hour.
In addition to the latest rise, Mr Rogerson is urging the government to make sure that no-one earning national minimum wage is expected to pay income tax.
“At the last general election and now in coalition government, Liberal Democrats wanted to prioritise tax cuts for those on low incomes. By next April, we will have delivered on that promise, meaning that people on low and medium incomes won't pay any tax on the first £10,000 earned - taking 2.7 million people out of income tax altogether and giving a tax cut of £700 a year to 24 million others,’’ said the MP.
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“But along with my Liberal Democrat colleagues, I want to go further and raise the tax-free amount people can earn to £11,400 so that those working full time on the minimum wage would pay no income tax at all. In tough times I think that this would be the fairest way of changing the tax system to help people with the cost of living and to help encourage people back into work.’’
At the recent Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, party members voted to make it Liberal Democrat party policy to establish an official living wage, paid by central government to its employees, and to make companies employing more than 250 people declare how many of their employees aren't paid a living wage.