minimum wage

Are our pizzas really under threat from Brexit?

12 July 2017 11:37

Last week it was Vince Cable trying to tell us that Brexit was depriving Wimbledon spectators of their strawberries –…

Osborne’s ‘living wage’ will help richer households the most

1 November 2015 15:09

Last week’s tax credit debacle has highlighted how even well-informed people believe that the £9 minimum wage (misleadingly dubbed ‘living…

George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of UK workers

24 July 2015 10:55

George Osborne’s Budget plan to raise the minimum wage to £9.35 for over-25s was a surprise – which means it…

George Osborne will soon decide the salary of one in six British women

12 July 2015 20:04

The Budget contained little economic analysis of George Osborne’s sensational plan for a £9 minimum wage for the over-25s. Of…

How George Osborne’s Budget makes work pay less

10 July 2015 17:24

In his Budget, the Chancellor claimed that ‘those currently on the minimum wage will see their pay rise by over…

Why Osborne is copying – and bettering – Miliband’s minimum wage pledge

8 July 2015 14:32

During the last Labour campaign, there will be been a few moments where George Osborne will have looked at Ed…

Five tricks that George Osborne may pull in his Budget tomorrow

7 July 2015 11:30

It’s Budget day tomorrow, and as James Forsyth put it recently, George Osborne will never have a better time to…

Are the Conservatives being honest about their new minimum wage policy?

14 April 2015 20:07

The Conservatives have sent out a campaign email from David Cameron this evening promoting their key manifesto pledges. You’d expect…

Cameron declares that the Tories are the ‘party of working people’ as he pledges to extend right to buy

13 April 2015 23:17

Tomorrow’s Tory manifesto will contain the boldest policy proposal of this campaign so far. The party will promise to extend…

PMQs sketch: Miliband targets Tory turpitude

15 October 2014 16:36

It was like the last night of the Proms at PMQs. Miliband stood up to hearty roars—Tory roars—that seemed to…

Lord Freud was right and Miliband shameful

15 October 2014 16:27

Markets are amoral. If a severely disabled person cannot produce more than the minimum wage’s worth of work, no employer…

Can Lord Freud survive row over disability comments?

15 October 2014 13:55

Labour clearly scent blood with Lord Freud’s comments about disabled people not being ‘worth’ the full minimum wage. They knew…

Let’s have more work and lower costs to raise living standards – the Living Wage won’t help

24 June 2014 11:34

In the latest in a long-line of Commissions or studies into the roll-out of a ‘Living Wage’, today the Archbishop of…

Low Pay Commission backs 3% rise in minimum wage

26 February 2014 15:42

So after all the to-ing and fro-ing over whether the minimum wage will get a big fat rise, the Low…

As Ed Miliband knows, the 50p tax rate will not fix a broken market

27 January 2014 15:52

Labour’s confirmation that it would restore the top tax rate to 50p was not that much of a surprise, Ed…

A minimum wage rise will show the Conservatives are a party for all working people

17 January 2014 8:58

The Chancellor’s announcement that he’s recommending an above average increase in the minimum wage is very welcome news. It’s something…

Osborne backs minimum wage hike as fundamental to a ‘recovery for all’

16 January 2014 18:46

George Osborne’s decision to back an above inflation increase in the national minimum wage is his most politically significant decision…

Osborne rains on Miliband’s parade with wage announcement

16 January 2014 17:37

What an odd coincidence that on the eve of what’s being billed as a major economic speech by Ed Miliband,…

Labour’s minimum wage attack flops

16 January 2014 11:33

Labour’s minimum wage debate in the Commons last night was designed mainly to humiliate the Conservatives about their past opposition…

What the minimum wage debate tells us about the Tory Right

13 January 2014 14:53

The Conservative debate about the minimum wage continues today, with campaign group Renewal pushing for an increase, at least in…

George Osborne: Minimum wage rise must not cost jobs

9 January 2014 13:54

Amid continuing confusion on what on earth the Tories do think about raising the minimum wage, George Osborne has had…

Another Tory says there’s a ‘strong case’ for raising the minimum wage

8 January 2014 13:20

This lunchtime, Treasury minister Sajid Javid said there is a ‘strong case to look at’ raising the minimum wage, joining…

Increasing the minimum wage ignores economic realities

15 April 2013 17:49

In economically uncertain times, we should strive to remove all blockages to employment, not create more. The national minimum wage…

Mixed messages on the minimum wage

2 April 2013 12:44

The government has managed to upset its own apple cart while trying to walk in a straight line. The indefatigable…

No, it is not a good idea for the Tories to raise the minimum wage

13 March 2013 18:58

There’s so much to disagree with in Rupert Myers’ piece arguing that the Tories should raise the minimum wage that…