Doncaster Council staff get living wage

File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
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DONCASTER COuncil is to become the latest Yorkshire employer to pay the living wage.

The rate is set annually and is based on Joseph Rowntree Foundation research on the wage needed to support an adequate lifestyle.

The living wage, which employers volunteer to pay, is currently £7.65 an hour compared to the national minimum wage, which all employers must pay by law, of £6.50.

Labour-run Doncaster Council recently found itself caught in the cross-fire of Prime Minister’s Questions during an exchange on the living wage.

David Cameron used the authority’s failure to pay the living wage to deflect criticism from Labour leader Ed Miliband, a Doncaster MP, on the issue.