Angus MP highlights new research

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Research from the Resolution Foundation which shows that people in the poorest income bracket have lost out most from the summer budget has been highlighted by Angus MP, Mike Weir.

The report shows that the National ‘Living Wage’ “clearly cannot offset” social security cuts and that people in the lowest income will be over £800 worse off every year by 2020 as a result of the UK budget. The report also states that by 2020 45 per cent of the net income gains from the new Minimum Wage rate will go to households in the bottom half of the income distribution.

The SNP previously revealed that 160,000 under 25s in Scotland will continue to earn less than the National ‘Living Wage’ and that those aged under 18 will lose £6,493.50 than colleagues over 25.

In her Programme for Government, First Minister NicoPla Sturgeon reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the real Living Wage. She set a goal of having 500 accredited Living Wage employers by March 2016.

Mr Weir said: “This report again confirms that the Tories new National ‘Living Wage’ is nothing more than a con-trick – designed to mask massive cuts to social security. We already know that under 18s will now be entitled to thousands less than colleagues doing the same job. Now we know that less than half the gains from this enhanced Minimum Wage rate will go to the bottom half of the income distribution.

“While we welcome the increase in the Minimum Wage for over 25s, this report finds that it will do little to offset the impact of the budget – particularly for the poorest households. Shamefully, by 2020 those in the poorest households will be more than £800 worse off every single year due to the Tories heartless budget cuts.”