Labour councillors in Kingswood have reacted with shock and anger to news that official data shows that their area is the number one low wage hot spot in the whole country.
Analysis of House of Commons Library figures, based on data from the Office for National Statistics, reveals that the Kingswood constituency has the highest proportion of jobs paying less than the living wage rate of £7.65 per hour. 48% of all Kingswood workers are paid less than this rate, with the figure rising to over half (56.1%) of women workers, putting Kingswood at the top of both tables for the whole country.
Responding to the figures, Kingswood’s Labour councillors said:
“We are shocked and angry that Kingswood is being let down so badly by this Tory-led government. Last year the Labour Group of councillors on South Gloucestershire Council spearheaded the introduction of the Living Wage rate for our own workers. We remain very proud of this campaign which now seems all the more necessary given the proof that many of our constituents face poor pay.
These figures expose the truth about the so-called economic recovery. It shows that ordinary people in places like Kingswood are not benefitting and they will continue to be left behind as long as we have this Tory-led government and its policies. On top of this, the support that the Council is able to give is reducing as government cuts are forcing South Gloucestershire to cut or charge for key public services.
This data proves that we need a Labour government and a Labour MP for Kingswood who will stand up for hard-pressed local people.”
Further information on the TUC’s statistical analysis is online HERE
1st April 2014