13 April 2015 – Supermarket workers’ pay topped up by estimated £11 billion in benefits, reports UK charity

An article in the UK Independent (12 April) features a report by UK Charity Citizens UK that UK supermarket workers’ need to top-up their low pay by an estimated £11 billion in in-work benefits. The charity set up the Living Wage Foundation initiative, and argues pay rates should increase from £6.50 (the national minimum wage for those over the age of 21) to £7.85 per hour, and £9.15 for those employed in London.

You can read the full article here
And access the methodology paper explaining the subsidy calculations by Citizens UK here