National Minimum Wage

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 15th October 2014.

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Photo of Russell Brown Russell Brown Shadow Minister (Scotland) 2:33 pm, 15th October 2014

Yes, this is about the whole employment method. We cannot deal with this just with a stand-alone national minimum wage. When we came to office we had the windfall levy on the privatised utilities, which allowed us to introduce the new deal programme for young unemployed people, the long-term unemployed, the disabled and lone parents, and then we introduced the tax credits system. It was about pulling together two or three strands to make things work, and that led to a step change in people’s standards of living.