Poverty Truth Commission demands action on low wage economy

By agency reporter
June 16, 2014

A major new report into poverty, backed by the Church of Scotland and Faith in Community Scotland, is to demand an end to the poor employment practices which are trapping many working Scots on very low wages.

The results of the two year investigation by Poverty Truth Commission will be launched at an event in Glasgow . The Commission will propose answers to the problems which have been highlighted today in the latest Joseph Rowntree Foundation study, which finds the predicted rise in the number of Scots in employment will not lead to a corresponding reduction in those suffering poverty.

The Poverty Truth Commission’s unique initiative has brought together influential policy makers and politicians with ordinary people experiencing the problems associated with poverty such as low wages, high fuel costs and increased food poverty.

Commenting on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation study, Martin Johnstone, who is the secretary of the Poverty Truth Commission, said:

“It is increasingly clear that work is not the route out of poverty that many continue to claim that it is. Work which is low paid, inflexible and where people don't know how many hours they are working from day to day does not help people to live more fulfilled lives. Too often we are finding it is having exactly the opposite effect. Through our work within the Poverty Truth Commission, we have regularly come across people who want to work but cannot find any, alongside others who are required to work such long hours that they have little or no time to spend with their families.'

The Poverty Truth Commission will be presenting its findings at 'Turning Up the Volume on Poverty' on 21 June at 36 Glenfarg Street, Glasgow. Amongst its key recommendations will be an end to unjust 'zero-hour' contracts, the further implementation of the 'Living Wage', and the development of a 'Good Employers Charter’.”

* More on the Poverty Truth Commission from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/povertytruthcommission

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