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Overview: Fight for a Living Wage

Workers struggling to live on less than living wage.

George Osborne has used his first Conservative Budget to slash benefits for low-paid workers - but will force businesses to pay them more.

The National Living Wage, starting at £7.20 and rising to £9 an hour by 2020, for workers aged 25 and above, to apply from April 2016 onwards which replaces the £6.50 minimum wage.

This will take the form of an initial 50p supplement to the existing adult rate National Minimum Wage (NMW), which will be £6.70 from October 2015 and is expected to increase again in October 2016.

More than half of workers in some parts of the country are earning less than the living wage. One in five jobs in Britain pays less than the £9.15 an hour recommended in London and £7.85 elsewhere.

In some areas, including parts of Birmingham, just over half of workers receive less than the living wage, rising to almost two thirds of women.

The Chancellor portrays the Tories as the party for working people, but so many families, working young adults will lose out, and their income will be slashed.

GMB has got a large number of employers to paying or commit to pay a living wage.

The number of councils in England and Wales now paying or committed to pay a living wage has risen to 34. These are Ashfield, Blackpool, Birmingham, Brent, Brighton & Hove, Calderdale, Camden, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chorley, Croydon, Dartford, Deal, Derby City, Ealing, Enfield, Gloucester City, Hackney, Hounslow, Hyndburn, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newark & Sherwood, Newcastle, Norwich, Oxford City, Preston, Sheffield, Southwark, Swansea, Wirral, Wolverhampton and York.

GMB in Jan 2013 launched a campaign to win a living wage for 280,000 low paid workers in councils across England and Wales.

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