cost of living

A proposal for a Bill to:
(a) require private sector employees working on public sector contracts to be paid the Living Wage; and/or
(b) require the Scottish Ministers to prepare and report to the Parliament on a strategic plan to promote the Living Wage.

Paper that identifies new evidence that, because of a new inflation environment, hard times started significantly earlier for households on lower incomes than for the average UK household. Because the costs of essential goods and services have been rising much faster than standard rates of inflation for some time, households on modest incomes have fared far worse than official data suggests. More and more are struggling to achieve a minimum standard of living.