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Cleaning industry welcomes wider support for the living wage

Published 25th February, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Cleaning industry welcomes wider support for the living wage

The British Cleaning Council has reported that it is delighted to see increasing support for the Living Wage. Advocates of the policy now include Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, one of Britain's leading business and economics commentators.

The living wage campaign, which has been vocally supported by the BCC since its inception, supports paying workers a wage calculated on the basic cost of living in the UK. Many living wage backers, including Warner, believe that it negates the need for in-work benefits, reducing the public spending bill whilst driving demand for goods and services in the marketplace.

Andrew Large, secretary general of the BCC, said: “As well as being socially beneficial, the living wage is gaining broad support as a sound economic policy that will support and drive the free market. I am thrilled to see that economic voices from across the political spectrum are speaking up for changes that the cleaning industry is 100% behind. The time has come for industry, politicians and workers to come together to ensure that the low paid are given the dignity of decent pay, and can take their place in driving Britain's economy back to full health.”