New figures from the Living Wage Foundation show that 8,000 people – 24% of workers – in the Bury North constituency of Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom are earning below the voluntary Living Wage, a rate calculated on the real cost of living.
These figures come as Government statistics show that almost 20% of children in Bury North are living in poverty.
Bury North MP James Frith, who asked the Government in Parliament this week what it would do to incentivise businesses across all sectors to become Living Wage employers, said:
“In work poverty is a growing issue because of the Government’s failure to address stagnant wages and rising costs and as a result we have thousands of children and families here in Bury living in poverty. I am committed to working with local like Dream Agility, who I visited this week, to increase the number of people in Bury who are paid the living wage and the number of Living Wage accredited businesses.”