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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05171: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) briefing, SB 16-94 The Living Wage: Facts and Figures, which shows that Dumfries and Galloway as the highest proportion of employees earning below the living wage.

Answered by: Keith Brown 7 December 2016

The SPICe publication showed that Scotland remained the best performing of all four UK countries with the highest proportion of employees paid the Living Wage or more (79.9%). Whilst this is welcome news, there remains more to do and the figure for Dumfries and Galloway reflects that. The Scottish Government is willing to work with other local MSPs and the Poverty Alliance to help promote the Living Wage locally and to encourage more employers to pay it.

We continue to fully support the Poverty Alliance to run the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative, having this year increased funding to £300,000, and continue to work closely with them to meet the target of 1,000 Living Wage Accredited employers across Scotland by Autumn 2017.