What is the SNP policy on the Minimum Wage and Living Wage?
We are working to promote the Living Wage in all sectors and in the last year we have doubled the number accredited employers in Scotland from 500 to 1,000. We're leading the UK, with more than a quarter of accredited real Living Wage employers in the UK based in Scotland.
Scotland already has the highest proportion of employees paid the Living Wage of any country in the UK. The Scottish Government has paid all staff within their pay scheme, including NHS staff, the real Living Wage since 2011. We have also provided funding to local authorities to ensure that all social care workers receive the Living Wage by October 2016. And we will ensure that all staff working in private nurseries delivering our childcare pledge are paid the real Living Wage too.
But we must go further if we are to ensure all workers receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. That’s why we support payment of the real Living wage, which ensures people’s basic wage continue to meets the real cost of living. We will back a transition over the next parliamentary term towards payment of the real Living wage as a new minimum legal requirement to all adults above the age of 18, creating a new single adult rate.
We believe that the rate paid to 16 to 18 year olds and apprentices should increase in line with changes to the rate of the real Living Wage. We will call for the UK government to task the Low Pay Commission to deliver this national pay rise, and to put in place appropriate support for employers.