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GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE LIVING WAGE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 711: tabled on 17 November 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 38 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern that a number of government departments are still not paying all their staff, including contractors, the living wage; observes that departments which pay staff rates below the breadline include the Departments of Work and Pensions, International Development, Education, Health, Business Innovation and Skills and the Home Office; applauds those departments which do pay a living wage, including Energy and Climate Change; believes that there can be absolutely no justification for government departments paying poverty wages; further observes that those being paid at such low rates carry out essential work without which the departments could not operate, including contracted cleaners and security staff; further believes that government departments have a duty to pay all their staff, including contractors, the local living wage, both in Whitehall and across the UK, and must also provide holiday pay and sick pay; further notes with great concern reports of staff being penalised and even dismissed for asking for a living wage; believes that it is utterly wrong for the Government to pay staff too little to survive on; and urges Secretaries of State to take urgent action to accredit their departments as living wage employers to ensure that their staff are not living in poverty.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2015
Blaydon
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 December 2015
Edinburgh South West
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2016
Bolton North East
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2016
Lanark and Hamilton East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 19 November 2015
Coventry South
Dakin, Nic
Labour
Signed on 19 November 2015
Scunthorpe
Glindon, Mary
Labour
Signed on 26 November 2015
North Tyneside
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 November 2015
Glasgow North
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
Airdrie and Shotts
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 December 2015
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 18 November 2015
Luton North
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2015
Aberavon
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 November 2015
Dundee West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 23 November 2015
Brighton, Pavilion
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 25 November 2015
Belfast South
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 18 November 2015
Mansfield
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
East Dunbartonshire
Paterson, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
Stirling
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
South Down
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 November 2015
Belfast East
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 November 2015
Edinburgh East
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 19 November 2015
Bolsover
Smeeth, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2015
Stoke-on-Trent North
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 November 2015
Glasgow South West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 November 2015
Glasgow Central
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 November 2015
Central Ayrshire
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 20 November 2015
Arfon
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 November 2015
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.