Labour heavyweight David Miliband has called on Norfolk County Council to follow the example of Norwich City Council and pursue the introduction of a “living wage”.

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The national minimum wage is £6.19, but some employers are choosing to pay a living wage of £7.45. The idea is backed by the Labour party, but also by the Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Mr Miliband, in Norwich today to visit the University of East Anglia, praised Norwich City Council for last month vowing to work with local business to ensure people received a living wage.

However, he said that the Conservative group at County Hall should also consider the move for the benefit of workers in Norfolk.

He said: “It’s a good thing for me to call for the county to do. What they should be doing, if they had any sense, would be to say to the government ‘we are going to save you money on tax credits [by increasing people’s wages] and we want a share of the proceeds.

“That would be an innovative thing to do.”

Mr Miliband will also highlight the scourge of youth unemployment during his trip. He accused the government of employing a “pea shooter” to try and kill what he called was a “monster” of a problem.

Meanwhile Mr Miliband will also be seeing the Labour parliamentary candidates standing in the city: Jess Asato in Norwich North and Clive Lewis in Norwich South.

He admitted that the city was crucial for the Labour Party’s attempts to win back power at the next election in 2015.

“When you get wiped out across the south as we more or less did, it’s inevitable that the Labour spokespeople that you see on the TV aren’t from southern constituencies and we’ve got to make up for that with our game on the ground,” he said.

“The most important thing is that there are no ‘no go areas’ for Labour. We know we took a beating but we are determined to come back fighting for people and listening to people.

“We want a brand of community politics based on how people are living their lives and how we can help them. Jess and Clive are well placed to take forward that message.”

10 comments

  • Norfolk CC should respond positively to David's urgings as.an improved living wage will lead to more being spent in the local economy.All businesses need customers with cash to spend.Perhaps someone like BG can explain why the bosses always need massive bonuses to motivate them but ordinary workers need pay cuts to gee them up.Also,why should hard-pressed taxpayers subsidise low wage employers?Good to see David campaigning locally.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • this is the labour party who on the way out of goverment left a note saying that they had spent all the money .

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    milecross

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • "Labour heavyweight David Miliband"--- oh that did make me laugh

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    ggj666

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • £6.19 or £7.45 isn't a lot of good to the 2.51 million who haven't got a job.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • @ John L Norton - We musn`t tar everyone with the same brush. A lot of people have made a career choice not to work.

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    BG

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Who is he????

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    Windless

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Peter Watson - The answer to your last question is Gordon Brown. His, "taking children out of poverty," resulted in a myriad of benefits and tax credits which meant that people with children on low wages had their incomes increased so much that employers could indeed get away with continuing to pay them the bare minimum as knew the state would make up the difference. It also led to many people working part time work. If they worked anymore than the required 16, now 24, it would have led to them losing their benefits. What a way to run an economy. State sponsored aid.

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    BG

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • 44 million denial of server attacks interrupted some 700 companies, many defence related, still the Balfour declaration is somewhat lacking in implementation. Nov. 1917 he said this " His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Why not just put the minimum wage up to the level of the living wage and do away with tax payer funded support of tax credits and other benefits. While employers know that they can get away with paying the minimum wage because there is an endless stream of eastern European workers will work for peanuts nothing will change.

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    BG

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Too many tinpot and family run companies in Norfolk, only in it for themselves and st*ff the workers. As for him being at the UEA, yet another day off for the hirearchy then !.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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