Letters: A fair wage should be available to all

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Re Low Pay: I would like to endorse the views expressed by Messrs Stonehouse and Langley (Gazette, September 29) concerning the appalling state of the labour market in Whitby and Scarborough with regards to low pay.

Mr Stonehouse gave us a timely reminder of the campaign for the Real Living Wage and a commonsense approach for implementation.

Mr Langley gave us a timely reminder that over a quarter of those using food banks are in low wage employment.

A shocking statistic.

As a retired teacher, and one who has worked in depressed areas, I know how this impacts on the aspirations and wellbeing of young people.

Why should they be denied the same mood of optimism and job security that I was lucky enough to experience?

Such a wage structure leads to lack of aspiration and subsequent economic and social problems.

In looking to the future, we have only one option.

Our young people and their aspirations are our collective responsibility.

We must give them hope above despair. Let’s make sure a fair wage is available to all.

Let’s ensure that all have prospects and let’s ensure that all have decent houses and services.

Surely beneficiaries, like myself, are aware that it was only because of the vision and sacrifices of others that many of us are able to say, “I live in the best place in the world.” (Cllr Bastiman).

The problem of low pay needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

The “I’m all right Jack” attitude is dismissive and callous.

What next? Let them eat cake?

Heather Relf

Esk Terrace

Whitby