Keeping healthy on a minimum wage: is not easy in the United Kingdom

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Abstract

The national minimum wage was a flagship policy of the United Kingdom's Labour party during the 1997 election campaign—a century after Fabians Sidney and Beatrice Webb first advanced the idea. From April 1999 the policy set a main minimum wage of £3.60 per hour for those aged 22 and older and a lower rate of £3.00 for those aged 18-21. Reviewed annually, the main rate now stands at £5.05 and the youth rate at £4.25 per hour. People aged 25 or over and working at least 30 hours a week can also receive working tax credits after means testing. Has the policy reduced poverty and, in turn, improved public health?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-858
Number of pages2
JournalBMJ
Volume331
Issue number7521
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2005

Keywords

  • keeping healthy
  • minimum wage
  • Labour party
  • New Labour
  • public health
  • tax credits

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