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Minimum wage

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 15,959 views

Could you live on the minimum wage? Do you even know what the minimum wage is? It’s £6.31 an hour, if you’re over 21. That’s £227.16 a week if you’re on a 36 hour week. Just under twelve grand a  year.…

From the archive: Squeezing welfare out of the system

Red Brick / January 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM 2,181 views

Shortly before George Osborne set out his alarming vision for public expenditure, James Meek asked whether government welfare and housing policy is a war on the poor. He begins his LRB article Where will we live? with the case of a 60-year…