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11 July 2008

Young people in the workplace: valued or cheap? - preview

Alan Sealy argues that the current minimum wage legislation devalues young people

It was Harriett Wilson, a member of the Society, who in the 1960s first brought her concern about poverty to the Social and Economic Affairs Committee (a predecessor of QSRE, Quaker Social Responsibility and Education)
  • Later a decision was taken to set up a non-denominational charitable body that in 1965 became the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), a significant and powerful political pressure group
  • Nearly fifty years on, the situation is significantly worse

  • It has been acknowledged by the government that we are living in a society where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer
  • Government targets to reduce child poverty are being missed and promises to get back on track sound hollow
  • With the current economic crisis, unemployment will rise and inflation will increase so, in the short-to-medium term, the situation will continue to get worse for those on low pay

  • Alan Sealy

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