Thursday, November 24 2022

More than six in 10 low-paid workers believe that receiving the real living wage would improve their Mental Healthresearch has revealed.

The survey of 1,702 adults working full time but earning less than real living wageconducted by the Living Wage Foundation and market research agency Survation, also found that the same proportion (63%) believed their home life would improve.

The actual living wage is currently set at £9.90 per hour across the UK except London where it is £11.05. It is paid voluntarily by nearly 9,000 UK employers.

Meanwhile, the statutory minima are set at £8.36 for workers aged 21 or 22 and £8.91 for those aged 23 or over.

Survation poll results indicate that 38% of respondents are falling behind on basic household bills, up from 29% in December 2020.

More than a quarter (28%) of those earning below the actual living wage admitted to not being able to keep their homes warm this winter, the survey found, an increase from 20% in 2020. More than a third (37%) of those in Wales and 31% of those in the north of England gave this answer.

One in five people (23%) have fallen behind on their rent or mortgage payments, and 17% have been forced to take out payday loans to cover essentials. More than a quarter (28%) of Londoners admitted to falling behind on rent or mortgage payments and 21% had a payday loan for essentials.

In addition, 42% of women say they have fallen behind on household bills compared to 35% of men, and 29% of women surveyed have not been able to heat their home compared to 26% of men.

Women also reported feeling more anxious than men, with 50% finding their low wages negatively affected their mental health compared to 38% of men.

Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, explained that as many face growing financial insecurity, the real living wage provides a crucial lifeline for workers, anchoring their finances by earning a salary linked to the cost of living. .

“There is no better way for companies to offer protection and reward to their staff than by joining more than 9,000 employers offering a living wage to ensure that everyone who works for them, including including the people who kept us going during the pandemic like cleaners and security guards, earn that salary. ,” she said.

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