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Cost of Living

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:42 pm on 24th June 2008.

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Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North 5:42 pm, 24th June 2008

Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

What the hon. Gentleman has said about earnings is completely untrue. In fact, there are two issues. During the last big recession, when wages fell, the hourly rate for people doing basic jobs, such as grass-cutting, in London fell to £1.20. There was no minimum wage; it was a case of "How low can you go?" The union members who are now arguing for pay increases were then struggling to get wages raised to £1.20 an hour for key public sector jobs in the capital. People were being bussed into London to do those jobs. Now we have a minimum wage that provides a safeguard for people, and they know that whatever the cost of living, they have that protection—a protection given by this party in government.

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