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http://www.thestar.co.uk/headlines/New-minimum-wage-at-Sheffield.6340747.jp

ALL Sheffield Council employees are set to receive a minimum of around £7 per hour and companies around the city will also be urged to follow-suit.

The Liberal Democrat-run authority voted to accept a motion proposed by opposition Labour councillors to create a 'Living Wage'.

The proposed hourly rate of £7 is above the minimum wage of £5.80 but deemed to be the minimum necessary in order to make a living.

Councillors, who gave cross-party backing at their monthly full meeting, did not set a date for when the proposed increased wage will be introduced at the council.

Coun Simon Clement-Jones, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance, said: "A report has been commissioned to assess how it should be brought in and to look at examples from other cities including London.

"The exact level of the Living Wage has not yet been set. It will first consider factors such as the impact on take-home pay of the coalition Government's pledge to scrap income tax on the first £10,000 earned."

The move comes after bitter controversy over the council's changes to staff pay and grading which led to some workers having to take pay cuts or others, such as school classroom assistants, having to work extra hours to keep their old wages.

And council leader Coun Paul Scriven has also appealed for staff to give up long service increments to their pay to help with huge savings needed from the authority's budget.

During the full council meeting, councillors also approved plans to create an advice service for entrepreneurs, where the city's Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses will be on hand to offer support.

So to live in Sheffield you need a job paying £7 an hour, I suppose that reducing council tax to make the City easier to live in was beyond the comprehension of our local councillors.

Still it must mean the recovery is locked in and tax revenues for the local council are on the up. I expect more councils to follow Sheffield's lead and luckily the £1bn (I think this was the figure I read) the council owes the govt doesn't matter.

Viva recovery.

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£7 an hour still qualifies you for working tax credits - state wage subsidies - so not really a living wage surely?

What's the minimum you can earn without needing working tax credits? Maybe that's a "living wage"?

It's all a bit of boll o cks. Well a lot of bo ll ocks actually.

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