Research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that a full-time worker paid the National Living Wage will see nearly half (44%) of the proposed increase wiped out before it even reaches their bank account due to tax and the increase in National Insurance.
Currently, an employee working 40 hours a week and paid today's National Living Wage of £8.91 an hour, takes home £16,264.50 - after income tax and the current rate of National Insurance (12%).
Once the Government raises the National Living Wage to £9.50, and National Insurance to 13.25%, that worker will see their take home pay rise by £707 a year. However, if the Government hadn't raised National Insurance, they would have seen their after-tax income increase by £835 instead.
This means that they would have been able to keep over two thirds (68%) of their pay rise, whereas now they will only take home just over half (58%).
Once combined with the cut to Universal Credit, the same worker could be left poorer by £780 a year.
We're calling out Conservative MPs that voted in favour of dumping sewage into rivers.
Rivers should be safe for swimming, fishing and sustaining wildlife. They are a precious source of drinking water for some. So why are theyfilled with raw sewage and human waste,destroying them for decades to come?
How the Party is run, by, and on behalf of, every member is fundamental to how successful we are at delivering our liberal vision of Britain.
The 2019 General Election Review (the Thornhill Review) set out how we must change in order to succeed at future elections. Since its publication, in many areas we have made strides, but there is still much to do.
New data from the Scottish Funding Council shows that fewer people leaving college in 2019-20 secured "positive destinations" such as work, training or further study, and an increase in the number of leavers reported to be unemployed.
The College Leaver survey, conducted in the second half of 2020 and published today, showed:
Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said that Transport Minister Graeme Dey should resign if all train services are not restored in time for the COP26 climate conference.
The call comes after Mr Dey told Good Morning Scotland that "the signs are not optimistic" that strike action could be averted as the long-running dispute between the RMT, Scotrail and the Scottish Government continues. He also refused to outline the contingency plans for the rail network.
New Public Health Scotland figures published today show that in 2019and2020 there were 23,830 patients diagnosed with breast, colorectal or lung cancer, down from 25,412 in 2018and2019, a fall of 6.2%.
New data also shows that mortality rates for all cancers combined are 66% higher in the most deprived compared with the least deprived areas.
Responding to reports that council workers in more than half of Scotland's local authorities are to take strike action as part of a row over pay, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Willie Rennie said:
"Unless the Scottish Government get their act together, public services will be paralysed.
If you enter your details on this website, The Liberal Democrats will use your contact details to send you information on the topics you have requested. Any data we gather will be used in
your legal data rights, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.