The Resolution Foundation have released their 10th annual report on low pay in the UK. The report focuses inherently on the impact of the coronavirus crisis, how the lower paid have already felt the worst consequences of the crisis and how this effects minimum wage policy.
– Pre-pandemic, low pay rates fell again from 17% in 2018 to 15.5% in 2019. In addition, the proportion of employees paid below the Real Living Wage fell from 24% in 2018 to 21% in 2019.
– The lower paid are more likely to have lost jobs, hours or pay, or been furloughed during the coronavirus crisis.
– The lower paid are also more susceptible to the greatest health risk as they were less likely to work from home.
– The Report fears the worst is yet to come as economic impact of coronavirus crisis is ongoing
– Setting the future of minimum wage and the National Living Wage will be difficult considering the environment, with the Low Pay Commission’s expected uprating of 50p dropping to around 15p.
The report advises the Government persevere with the long-term plan of ending low pay by 2024, with mitigating policy measures to protect and strengthen the labour market.
Download the full report here: https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/app/uploads/2020/09/Low-Pay-Britain-2020.pdf
Supporting the Third Sector through COVID-19
A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19 can be accessed here.
As ever, our dedicated CSI Representatives are here to understand and unpack the issues that the third sector is facing within the current ESIF programme which are affecting their ability to use European funds effectively.
So that we can raise these issues at government level on your behalf and pro-actively work for solutions, we’re asking Third Sector organisations to tell us their experiences using these funds, in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org