More than a thousand staff working for Shropshire Council earn less than the ‘living wage,’ a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Shropshire Star report:

Hundreds of Shropshire Council staff are in ‘working poverty’ and earning barely more than the  minimum wage, new figures have revealed.

A total of 1,600 full and part-time workers, including school staff, are on less than the national Living Wage, which is £7.45 per hour outside London.

The figures have been revealed in a Freedom of Information request by trade union Unison, which  has now set up an online petition calling for better wages to be introduced for the council’s lowest-paid workers.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.