The Conversation: Tony Dobbins: National living wage is not enough to fix Britain’s low-pay problem – here’s why

The key point comes at the end of Mr Dobbins article. “The UK is increasingly now a low-tax, deregulated, market economy. Unless these causes of low pay are targeted by radically alternative policies, income inequalities will persist.” As my mum likes to say “the rich will get richer, and the poor will get poorer.” It feels to me like the whole world is heading backwards. If we’re not already there, we’re heading for Victorian levels of inequality. We’re eating our own tail, blindly making the mistakes of the past. We can’t see it, because we’re too busy trying to survive. We need to look up, look around, and look back. We need to learn.

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