Jeremy Corbyn: Amend the minimum wage to include the homeless working for charities
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Dear Jeremy Corbyn MP
Under a loop hole in the minimum wage law, charities can get the homeless to work for them without paying them a wage.
There are reports of charities in the UK that ask the homeless to work long hours for bed and board and that they either get very small amounts of 'pocket money' or get paid a meagre, very low wage. This is a 'modern workhouse', in all but name . Reports suggest that some of the homeless who enter these set ups, end up staying there for years and never moving on.
This is shocking and unacceptable exploitation of some of the most vulnerable people in our society and communities. What's more, the homeless need support that will help them get out of the cycle of homelessness by being paid a decent and fair wage and being supported with finding their own accommodation and making a route back into proper employment.
We ask you as Leader of the Labour Party to include a pledge in the next Labour Party General Election manifesto, to amend legislation on the minimum wage to ensure the homeless are paid no less than the minimum wage when working for charities in exchange for bed and board.
Stroud Red Shed Team
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