Businesses react to campaign for Living Wage

ITV News followers on Facebook have been reacting to Labour leader Ed Miliband’s attempt to encourage companies to pay the Living Wage, which was increased today to £8.55 in London and £7.45 elsewhere.

I think the unemployed should work for the payout if they have been out of work for more than six months… As a business owner trying to make a go of things, I get zero benefits even though I have had no income for the last three months.

– Wayne Baker

It’s not about paying a higher wage - bring down the cost of living that would make the difference - small businesses won't be able to afford that and will have to close.

– Kaz Langley

As the manager of an organisation caring for the elderly, we would dearly love to pay our staff the recommended living wage.

To employ one carer for 24 hours on this wage with pension and national insurance would cost us £201.84.

The government pay us £47.66 per day to care for each elderly resident. Some things just don't add up.

– Mrs Julie Wickenden (via email)

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London Living Wage up to £8.55

The Living Wage rate for workers in the capital is to increase by 25p an hour to £8.55, the Mayor of London has announced. Labour leader Ed Miliband is to unveil plans for a national equivalent of £7.20 per hour.