Living wage for public servants moves a step closer
The campaign to pay a "living wage" to all public sector workers gained momentum as two more government departments indicated that they hoped to introduce it.
At the same time, a cleaner who was moved from the office of the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, for asking for enough to live on was on the verge of being offered his job back.
Support for the policy to be applied in the private sector is reflected in an Opinium/Observer poll which shows that a clear majority of those questioned would be prepared to pay more for goods if they knew the companies that produced them paid the living wage of £7.45 an hour, rising to £8.55 in London.
On Thursday, Telereal Trillium, a supplier of cleaners to the Department for Work and Pensions, said that it would pay the living wage to its 500 Whitehall employees from April 2014, an increase of more than £2 an hour.