Tags: Minimum Wage

Robert Leeming: Is there an argument for a national maximum wage?

Ronald Reagan famously said that there are no worse words in the English language than ‘Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help’. Your opinions on the role of government in the lives of people will of course depend on your own political allegiance. The role government plays in social policy, in providing an allowance when you are out of work, or a health service free at the point of need when you are ill are entirely different from imposing rules of business. Many who are perfectly happy with the former, would be fiercely against the latter

Robert Leeming: Does the ‘phony world’ of the living wage exist?

There is no doubt that George Osborne’s national living wage, to be launched next year, is a policy with its heart in the right place. For example, more than three and a half million women, almost 30 percent of the female workforce, will receive a pay rise as a result of the legislation.