A ‘living wage’ to help the poor

SHEFFIELD Green Party has called for the minimum wage to be replaced by a higher ‘living wage’ to decrease poverty and improve people’s health.

The proposal has been made in the party’s submission to the city’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Sheffield Green Party health spokesman Jon Ashe said: “It’s well known there are huge health inequalities in Sheffield, with life expectancy varying considerably across the city.

“These differences won’t disappear until we have a much fairer society, with decent incomes, housing and services for everyone.

“As a first step, we want the strategy to push for more Sheffield jobs in sustainable sectors and for a ‘living wage’ for everyone in work, both in the council and across the city as a whole.”