Tuesday 17 April 2018 / 11:57 AM Margaret Greenwood / Work and Pensions

Margaret Greenwood responds to latest ONS Labour Market Statistics

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the latest ONS Labour Market Statistics, said:

“After nearly eight years of austerity, average wages are still lower than they were before the financial crash a decade ago. It is shameful that over 4 million children are growing up in poverty.

“While we welcome that there are more people in work, these figures mask serious inequalities in the labour market, including the employment gap faced by women, disabled people and BAME groups who have too often borne the brunt of austerity cuts.

“A Labour government will make tackling poverty an immediate priority with a real Living Wage of £10 per hour by 2020, an end to the public sector pay cap and urgent reforms to the government’s deeply flawed Universal Credit programme.”