Monday, 20 June 2011

MP says minimum wage a hindrance to disabled jobseekers

A Conservative MP has suggested "vulnerable" jobseekers - including disabled people - should be allowed to work for less than the minimum wage.

Backbencher Philip Davies said the £5.93-an-hour legal minimum may be a "hindrance" to some jobseekers.

Firms were likely to favour other candidates and MPs should not "stand in the way" of those who wanted to work for less to get on the "jobs ladder".

But mental health charity Mind said it was a "preposterous suggestion".

Mr Davies, the MP for Shipley, made the comments during a debate in the Commons over the minimum wage and employment opportunities.

The minimum wage is currently £5.93 an hour for those over 21, £4.92 for those aged between 18 and 20 and £3.64 for 16 and 17 year olds.

Read the whole of this story on BBC News online

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