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Wages in Weymouth and Portland are among the lowest in the UK


(Updated 8:10am 13th October 2018)

8:00am 25th September 2018

Wages in Weymouth & Portland remain the lowest in the UK according to Weymouth & Portland Action on Wages.

They have now launched a campaign to raise awareness and appeal for a greater share of the financial cake.

An open conference is being held at Safewise in Weymouth, hosted by WeyPAW between 12pm and 4pm today.

The aim is to discuss problems which are facing the Borough and come up with policies which can address them.

The group have invited one of Britain's leading experts on incomes and inequality, Professor Danny Dorling of Oxford University, to speak. Eva Herman of Manchester University will also address the particular problems of women and low pay, and Nigel Costley of the South-West TUC will discuss issues of rights at work. 

As well as low wages WeyPAW have other concerns about the state of local schools, hospital beds being cut from Portland Community Hospital and living standards in South Dorset.

They say;

"Despite years of talk – about development, business initiatives, the Olympic legacy – thousands of people in W&P struggle with poverty wages and insecure jobs. At the same time, housing costs rise relentlessly – the gap between local wages and the cost of housing is one of the biggest in the UK."

"Our MPs and councils have failed to address these issues. They shift responsibility onto other bodies and agencies – and these, too, fail to tackle the real problems faced by thousands of people said to live in “forgotten towns”."

You can find more information at www.weypaw.org.uk or by email at weypaw@gmail.com

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