Has anyone actually looked at the living wage calculations that come up with $20.91/hour?
It's for a family of four where both parents work 35 hours per week. But the policy implications for this living wage apply to everyone.
Using the numbers provided for a couple, reduce the food to $400/mo, eliminate car expense (2 bus passes), eliminate childcare and eliminate education, leave everything else the same. If the couple is making $15/hour each that means they will have an extra $4600/year to put towards education/vacation/savings, if they work 40 hour/week it's $9800/year.
This is a one size fits all solution from a time before computers, when we couldn't direct funding towards the specific needs of a person so we came up with dollar amounts we thought might work.
Under the living wage system, you should be able to pay teens living at home 7.00/hour working 10 hours/week. This will give them $100/mo food, $150/mo clothing, 2-zone bus pass and $200/mo in pocket money.
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