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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

"A Drop Of Common sense"

Raise minimum wage to cut benefit costs, says Deputy

Deputy Geoff Southern
Deputy Geoff Southern

JERSEY’S minimum wage should be significantly increased to wipe out the huge cost of supporting the Island’s poorest workers, Deputy Geoff Southern has said.
According to the politician, every £1 paid to the States in income tax and social security by people working at or close to the minimum wage costs the taxpayer about £3 in benefits.
The Deputy is now calling for the minimum wage to rise from its current level of £6.32 per hour to between £7.80 to £8.20 per hour to reduce the need for poorer workers to claim the support.
He said: ‘It is time to transfer the burden of this cost from the taxpayer to the employer’.

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