Workers in 16 UK cities can’t afford to live because the minimum wage isn’t fit for purpose.
According to new data, British employees do not make enough money to live and work in 16 UK locations, indicating that the “minimum wage isn’t fit for purpose.”
People are struggling to make ends meet across the country due to rising rents and living costs, not only in London and the south. Edinburgh, Durham, and York have all made the top ten most expensive cities in the UK for low-wage workers.
The study by Investing Reviews looked at the cities with the most affordable housing for persons aged 23 and up who work in minimum-wage occupations.
It calculated how much disposable income they had at the end of the day by looking at their take-home pay, rent, and other normal living expenses.
Westminster and the City of London were unsurprisingly first and second, but cities like St Albans, Bath, and Brighton & Hove were close behind.
The data revealed that persons earning the minimum wage face a significant salary gap. After paying rent and expenses, Bath residents were left with a £681.36 monthly deficit.
While there is a preconception that living in the north has always been cheaper, it appears that this depends on where you live.
Minimum wage workers in Edinburgh take home £501.26 less than they need to cover their expenses, while in Durham it’s £490 and York it’s £377.
However, there is still a north/south difference in the UK, with seven of the top ten most affordable cities being in Northern England or Scotland.
The survey did not take into account pensions; when pension contributions were included to the cost of living, no one in any UK city had any money left.
Millions of young people will be forced into poverty unless Chancellor Rishi Sunak raises the minimum wage, according to campaigners.
Youth Fight for Jobs poured on Leeds over the weekend to voice their concerns about rising youth unemployment, which they believe will only worsen now that the furlough scheme has expired.
Alex Hutchinson, a campaigner, told ITV News that MPs must end zero-hour contracts and called for “an urgent raise of the minimum wage to £12 an hour, which would lift millions of workers out of poverty.”