The comments made by Angela Rayner, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, on 23 November 2020.
This crisis has shown who we can’t survive without and who is the real backbone of our economy and our society – our key workers.
It is just plain wrong that three quarters of our care workers do not even earn a living wage, and so many key workers are being paid poverty wages that they can barely survive on.
When the Tories voted against free school meals they said they wanted to focus on the structural causes of child poverty.
Poverty pay causes child poverty, so if the government actually cares about tackling child poverty then they would act to increase the minimum wage to a level that people can actually live on and support a family on.
Nobody should be working for poverty wages. Every worker should be paid a wage that they can actually live on, and that means a real living wage of at least £10 an hour now.