Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce slams Bexley salaries 'scandal'

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

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Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce has spoken out about the fact Bexley is the worst London borough for under-paid jobs and called it a "scandal".

A third of all jobs in the borough were considered under-paid (paying less than £8.80 per hour) last year according to research by think-tank New Policy Institute.

Ms Pearce told News Shopper too many people end up having to rely on benefits to survive despite being in work.

She said: “People who work for a living should be paid a living wage.

“It’s not right that the tax payer is subsidising the staffing bill of large profit making companies, there are many people in my constituency who work hard all week but have to rely on tax credits and housing benefit to make ends meet.

“Working yet still living in poverty is a national scandal.

"For the first time, the majority of people in poverty in the UK are now in working households."

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5:15pm Tue 26 Aug 14

najonfi says...

so hold on, what is better...

1) working and claiming top up benefits
2) not working and claiming full benefits and costing everyone else more

yes a lot of people work hard and don't earn enough to live, so claim tax credit or housing benefit. However, I don't see that saying: "For the first time, the majority of people in poverty in the UK are now in working households" is necessarily a bad thing. People are in work and claiming less benefit even if they still claim something. The fact more people have jobs and claim less benefits is a good thing no matter what negative spin she tried to put on it!
so hold on, what is better... 1) working and claiming top up benefits 2) not working and claiming full benefits and costing everyone else more yes a lot of people work hard and don't earn enough to live, so claim tax credit or housing benefit. However, I don't see that saying: "For the first time, the majority of people in poverty in the UK are now in working households" is necessarily a bad thing. People are in work and claiming less benefit even if they still claim something. The fact more people have jobs and claim less benefits is a good thing no matter what negative spin she tried to put on it! najonfi
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10:46am Wed 27 Aug 14

concerned.erith says...

Try working for Bexley council then!
Try working for Bexley council then! concerned.erith
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