Here’s the thing about Great Yarmouth……

My visit to the town last month with the Low Pay Commission showed a picture of two halves in more ways than one. Here's my post for the Comm's website. https://minimumwage.blog.gov.uk/2019/07/23/great-yarmouth-a-town-of-two-halves/

In Hartlepool, there are problems the minimum wage can’t fix – Low Pay Commission

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body that advises the government about the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Here's my latest post for them, following a recent visit. There are people in the town doing great things. One of them called this piece "really challenging." minimumwage.blog.gov.uk/2019/06/17/in-hartlepool-there-are-problems-the-minimum-wage-cant-fix/

New Podcast: Can The Industrial Strategy Deliver?

Becky and I welcomed Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England to the last episode of the current Unions21 podcast series.  Andy spoke with us in his capacity as the chair of the Industrial Strategy Council– charged with holding the government to account over its delivery (or not) of the strategy’s objectives. We made clear … Continue reading New Podcast: Can The Industrial Strategy Deliver?

NEW PODCAST: Enforcing Labour Standards

Non-compliance is a major issue – for being paid at least at the statutory levels, for equipment and working practices being safe. You can have all the positive legislation in the world, but effective enforcement is needed to make good intentions a day-to-day reality.