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Political row between Carrick representatives over Living Wage

Sandra Osborne MP who is involved in a war of words with Adam Ingram MSP.

Sandra Osborne MP who is involved in a war of words with Adam Ingram MSP.

 

A political row has broken out this week between two of Carrick’s representatives.

Sandra Osborne MP and Adam Ingram MSP have argued over the issue of the living wage.

Osborne slammed Mr Ingram after he was one of four SNP MSP’s who voted down Labour’s proposals on the Living Wage in the Scottish Parliament.

The proposals would have seen the Living Wage, which is currently set at £7.45 an hour and is set to rise to £7.65 next month, paid to workers on public sector contracts.

She said that Mr Ingram was “all talk and no action” over the issue.

The Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP said: ‘Paying the Living Wage will boost the earnings of a full time minimum wage worker by over £2000 a year. This would make a huge difference in the current cost of living crisis. Over 400,000 people in Scotland are working for less than the Living Wage of whom 36% are under 25 and 64% are women.

“Adam Ingram has publicly supported the Living Wage in the past but when he had the chance to put words into action he failed to do so.

“The SNP should explain why they are prepared to back a near £400,000 million tax cut to big business in the form of the SNP’s proposed corporation tax cut but not to improve wages for working people in Scotland.

“Labour intends to bring the amendment back at a later stage of the Procurement Bill and I am calling on Adam Ingram and all the other SNP MSP’s to back it.” However, the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP has hit back at those comments

Mr Ingram said: “This is breath taking hypocrisy from the Labour party, who allowed the minimum wage to fall below the rate of inflation on their watch.

“People in Scotland on low wages expect practical action, not the empty political posturing on offer from Labour when it comes to the living wage. Every indication we have shows that Labour’s amendment would breach EU law – a fact that they know well and which reveals it for the gesture politics we have sadly come to expect from Labour.

“The SNP takes the issue of addressing low pay very seriously and where we have the powers to do so, we have led by example by introducing a living wage for the 180,000 people in Scotland who work for central Government, its agencies and the NHS and we have also established a Living Wage Accreditation Scheme to encourage private companies to adopt a living wage.

“With a Yes vote we will establish a Fair Work Commission to ensure that the minimum wage rises at least in line with inflation, ensuring Scotland’s lowest paid are not left behind by the rising cost of living.”

 

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