Four in ten jobs in Chingford and Woodford Green pay less than the living wage, according to the TUC

MP's constituency pays less than almost any other area in Britain

MP's constituency pays less than almost any other area in Britain

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A higher proportion of people working in Iain Duncan Smith's constituency are being paid below the living wage than anywhere else in London, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

The benchmark income, which is calculated on the cost of living in the capital but is not legally binding, is currently £8.80.

The TUC claim 43.4 per cent of jobs in Chingford and Woodford Green pay less than the living wage, compared to a national constituency average of 20 per cent.

Mr Duncan Smith’s office says his commitment to fair wages is beyond doubt.

The research was said to be based on an analysis of figures from the House of Commons library as of April 2013 and also found 35.5 per cent of women working in Walthamstow were paid less than the living wage.

Overall 28 per cent of jobs in Walthamstow paid less than the benchmark amount and in Leyton and Wanstead the figure was 22 per cent, according to the TUC.

TUC general secretary used the research to highlight the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' statements about encouraging people on benefits to get back to work.

Frances O’Grady said: "Iain Duncan Smith talks a great deal about making work pay.

"However try telling that to the four in ten workers in his constituency who earn less than the living wage.

"Poverty pay is sadly becoming the norm for many Londoners. That’s why the government must take the lead and insist that companies who bid for public sector contracts in the Capital, and throughout the UK, pay the living wage."

A spokeswoman from Iain Duncan Smith’s office said: "Firstly, crucially, wages are a matter for the Deparment for Business, Innovation and Skills.

"He is responsible for employment, and we are currently seeing record levels of employment in the UK – accompanied by dramatic falls in unemployment and inactivity.

"Secondly, no one can doubt Iain’s commitment to fair wages. It was at his insistence that the Department of Work and Pensions became the first government department to pay the living wage, including all staff employed via contractors."

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8:17am Tue 1 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

So does the TUC presume, in its blind pursuit of dogma, that IDS actually sets the pay rates for these jobs?
So does the TUC presume, in its blind pursuit of dogma, that IDS actually sets the pay rates for these jobs? MorrisHickey
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8:34am Tue 1 Apr 14

John J C Moss says...

The attraction of business investment and, therefore, the creation of jobs, is something for which the Council has primary responsibility.
The attraction of business investment and, therefore, the creation of jobs, is something for which the Council has primary responsibility. John J C Moss
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9:07am Tue 1 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Maybe the TUC should question Labour's encouragement of mass immigration during their 13 years in power whereby many of those arriving took on unskilled jobs for unscrupulous employees who are off the radar, especially in the service industry. Reports in this very paper recently have been about raids on factories and restaurants where employers have failed to observe the laws in place and carry out proper checks on workers and used this to their advantage to pay peanuts in wages.
Maybe the TUC should question Labour's encouragement of mass immigration during their 13 years in power whereby many of those arriving took on unskilled jobs for unscrupulous employees who are off the radar, especially in the service industry. Reports in this very paper recently have been about raids on factories and restaurants where employers have failed to observe the laws in place and carry out proper checks on workers and used this to their advantage to pay peanuts in wages. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

10:06am Tue 1 Apr 14

Alan_1976 says...

John J C Moss wrote:
The attraction of business investment and, therefore, the creation of jobs, is something for which the Council has primary responsibility.
Somebody should tell the chancellor... http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-26814423

He seems to do think it's something he'll be doing. Get with the message John
[quote][p][bold]John J C Moss[/bold] wrote: The attraction of business investment and, therefore, the creation of jobs, is something for which the Council has primary responsibility.[/p][/quote]Somebody should tell the chancellor... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-26814423 He seems to do think it's something he'll be doing. Get with the message John Alan_1976
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10:26am Tue 1 Apr 14

HassanShah1 says...

@Villagecranberry You sir, are a bigot. As a matter of fact, England has one of the strongest economies in the world because of immigration! As you are well aware of the 1960's (detected from your dogmatist ideology) we had a mass baby boom. Immigration has provided grand strides in supporting the bequethed burden on the NHS in particular, if not for immigration, we would all be experiencing serious fiscal austerity, alike the greek economy. Go back to the dark ages ****. thats where your comments belong.

Yours sincerely,
Hassan Shah (Your arch-nemisis)
@Villagecranberry You sir, are a bigot. As a matter of fact, England has one of the strongest economies in the world because of immigration! As you are well aware of the 1960's (detected from your dogmatist ideology) we had a mass baby boom. Immigration has provided grand strides in supporting the bequethed burden on the NHS in particular, if not for immigration, we would all be experiencing serious fiscal austerity, alike the greek economy. Go back to the dark ages ****. thats where your comments belong. Yours sincerely, Hassan Shah (Your arch-nemisis) HassanShah1
  • Score: -1

10:47am Tue 1 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

HassanShah1 wrote:
@Villagecranberry You sir, are a bigot. As a matter of fact, England has one of the strongest economies in the world because of immigration! As you are well aware of the 1960's (detected from your dogmatist ideology) we had a mass baby boom. Immigration has provided grand strides in supporting the bequethed burden on the NHS in particular, if not for immigration, we would all be experiencing serious fiscal austerity, alike the greek economy. Go back to the dark ages ****. thats where your comments belong.

Yours sincerely,
Hassan Shah (Your arch-nemisis)
I am merely pointing out that some are being exploited, often by their own countrymen who are already settled here. I have revere the contribution made my most immigrants to the UK. One only has to look at the staffing levels in the NHS to realise that the service would collapse overnight without them.

This being said, there must be some limit imposed as we are a small island can cannot have a free for all. We need to be selective to let in people who will add something to the country and keep out the war criminals, murderers, thieves and rapists fleeing their home country for opportunist purposes here.

There have been enough high profile cases where people who are no benefit to the country remain here because of their 'human rights'

As for the Greek Economy, I think that they have suffered as a result of being tied in with the Euro. They used to have a thriving tourist industry which has failed under their EU Membership, with people now preferring places like Turkey for their bargain holiday.

Why are you asserting that you are my 'arch nemesis?' I do not know you and anything you have posted has been daft.
[quote][p][bold]HassanShah1[/bold] wrote: @Villagecranberry You sir, are a bigot. As a matter of fact, England has one of the strongest economies in the world because of immigration! As you are well aware of the 1960's (detected from your dogmatist ideology) we had a mass baby boom. Immigration has provided grand strides in supporting the bequethed burden on the NHS in particular, if not for immigration, we would all be experiencing serious fiscal austerity, alike the greek economy. Go back to the dark ages ****. thats where your comments belong. Yours sincerely, Hassan Shah (Your arch-nemisis)[/p][/quote]I am merely pointing out that some are being exploited, often by their own countrymen who are already settled here. I have revere the contribution made my most immigrants to the UK. One only has to look at the staffing levels in the NHS to realise that the service would collapse overnight without them. This being said, there must be some limit imposed as we are a small island can cannot have a free for all. We need to be selective to let in people who will add something to the country and keep out the war criminals, murderers, thieves and rapists fleeing their home country for opportunist purposes here. There have been enough high profile cases where people who are no benefit to the country remain here because of their 'human rights' As for the Greek Economy, I think that they have suffered as a result of being tied in with the Euro. They used to have a thriving tourist industry which has failed under their EU Membership, with people now preferring places like Turkey for their bargain holiday. Why are you asserting that you are my 'arch nemesis?' I do not know you and anything you have posted has been daft. Villagecranberry
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12:07pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Alan_1976 says...

Alan_1976 wrote:
John J C Moss wrote:
The attraction of business investment and, therefore, the creation of jobs, is something for which the Council has primary responsibility.
Somebody should tell the chancellor... http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-26814423

He seems to do think it's something he'll be doing. Get with the message John
https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/topics/emp
loyment

Seems Iain's website seems to think that it is part of the department's responsibility too
[quote][p][bold]Alan_1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John J C Moss[/bold] wrote: The attraction of business investment and, therefore, the creation of jobs, is something for which the Council has primary responsibility.[/p][/quote]Somebody should tell the chancellor... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-26814423 He seems to do think it's something he'll be doing. Get with the message John[/p][/quote]https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/topics/emp loyment Seems Iain's website seems to think that it is part of the department's responsibility too Alan_1976
  • Score: 4

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