–The Tories support a higher minimum wage: Looks like the politics are lining up for an increase in the UK minimum wage, from 6.31 pounds to 7 pounds next year (that about $10.40 up to $11.60). For those following UK politics, the conservatives generally continue to embrace and tout austerity measures but have been pulled by Labor into worrying more about the difficulties of low- and middle-income households. As with various other Labor initiatives, the Tories appear to be trying to take a minimum wage increase off the political table.
Note that the UK has a “Low-Pay Commission,” a government-created advisory board on setting the minimum wage, so both sides will wait to see what the Commission has to say about this proposal.
Could a positive move on the minimum by the UK spill over across the pond? Don’t count on it.