New analysis of ONS figures show 31% of female employees in Carlisle were earning less than the living wage in 2014, higher than the national average of 25%, at the same time as working people have lost £1,600 under this Government.
The figures were released as Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman MP joined local Labour candidate Lee Sheriff to campaign in Carlisle.
Ms Harman spoke to shoppers in the City Centre before joining representatives from women’s groups and campaigns at Harraby Community Centre to talk about the challenges they face.
The visit was part of Labour’s Woman-to-Woman tour, highlighting the party’s pledges to provide tax breaks to employers who pay the living wage, and to take wider action on low pay by boosting the minimum wage to £8 by the end of the Parliament.
Lee Sherriff, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Carlisle, said:
“Once again Carlisle comes out below the national average for wages with 31% of women earning less than the living wage compared with 25% nationally. And once again women, children and the poorest are paying the price for this so-called recovery.
“As someone who has worked in low-paid jobs I know what it’s like to work hard and feel under-paid and under-valued. And as a single parent of three children I know that this so-called recovery is a recovery only for the few.
“I am really pleased to be able to welcome Harriet Harman and the Woman to Woman tour to Carlisle to talk to voters about how a Labour Government would make life better for us all. We had a great visit from Harriet last year and I am delighted to be able to welcome her back.”
Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:
“It’s great to be here in Carlisle with our terrific parliamentary candidate Lee Sherriff, and to meet up with women in Carlisle to listen to their concerns and hear what they want from government. “Since this government was elected in 2010 women have been hit particularly hard. We believe that this election will be a watershed for women. Women in Carlisle had been making progress in their lives with the backing of the last Labour Government. But now, with this Tory-led government that progress is stalling and the clock is being turned back on equality.
“We need a Labour government with a better plan to build a recovery that benefits the many, not the just the few at the top.”